Stories for February 2010


Sunday, February 28

DeSales earns third seed to state

The Irish girls defeat Pomeroy, 56-40, to qualify for the state tournament in Spokane this week.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales' girls beat Pomeroy, 56-40, to win the No. 3 seed to the state championship tournament in Spokane next week.DeSales scored first and held the lead for the entire game against a senior-free Pirate team at Whitman College's Sherwood C

Blue Devil boys booked for state tourney

Wa-Hi earns a spot in the state tourney with the 51-45 regional loser-out victory over Kamiakin Saturday.

KENNEWICK — Wa-Hi charged to a 13-4 lead in the first quarter and never trailed on the way to defeating Kamiakin, 51-45, in a winner-to-state, loser-out game at the boys Class 4A Eastern Regional Championships at the Toyota Center Saturday afternoon.Wa-Hi

Eight Pioneer grapplers place at state tournament

Wyatt Law finishes third to lead Mac-Hi to sixth place in the team standings.

PORTLAND — Eight of 15 Mac-Hi wrestlers placed at the Class 4A Oregon State finals at the Memorial Coliseum Thursday through Saturday.'Anytime you take that many kids to state and about half of them place,” Mac-Hi coach Beau Chester said, 'then you know t

Season ends for Wa-Hi girls

Jordan Loera scores 27 points and has six steals in Moses Lake's 47-41 win over Wa-Hi at the regional tournament Saturday.

KENNEWICK — The dream ended at the Toyota Center for Wa-Hi Saturday morning at the Class 4A Eastern Regional Championships.Jordan Loera's 27 points, nine rebounds and six steals led Moses Lake to a 47-41 victory over the Blue Devils.

Patriots charge past W-P for district title

Liberty Christian takes an early lead and holds off Waitsburg-Prescott in the seeding game to state

WALLA WALLA — The Liberty Christian Patriots charged from the trenches for an early seven-point lead, built it to as high as 14 in the fourth period, then withstood a late Waitsburg-Prescott counter-attack to emerge victorious, 41-35, in the Southeast Cla

Panthers down Knights, take final seed to state

Ben Servatius overcomes strep throat to lead Asotin past WWVA's boys Saturday.

WALLA WALLA — The availability of Asotin forward Ben Servatius was in doubt prior to his team's winner-to-state, loser-out game with Walla Walla Valley Academy during the final session of the Southeast 2B District 9 boys basketball tournament at George Ba

Grizzlies upend North Lake, 42-37

Helix next faces Jewell Wednesday in Baker City as the state tournament continues.

NORTH LAKE, Ore. — Helix players drew praise from coach Dean Fouquette for their performances in a 42-37 district girls basketball victory over North Lake here on Saturday.As a result of the win, the Grizzlies advance to the top eight teams in the Oregon

Indians receive District 9 basketball honors

TOUCHET — Touchet's Zoe Weaver and Carlie Frazier have been named to the girls Class 1B All-District 9 team for 2010.

Registration for adult co-ed soccer now open

WALLA WALLA — Registration is open for teams to participate in the Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Adult Co-ed Soccer League.

Meeting for men's, co-ed adult softball leagues set

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Parks and Recreation is having an informational meeting for teams interested in participating in men's or co-ed adult softball leagues at 7 p.m. on Thursday at City Hall, corner of Third Ave. and Rose St.

Connell ends Burbank girls' season at district

Sarah McGary led Connell to a 46-31 victory and a state tournament berth. The Coyotes raced to a 10-1 edge after one, but the Eagles, behind 23 offensive rebounds, roared back to grab the win. Nicole Roberts led C-B with nine and Tiffany Idler, hampered

Saturday, February 27

PHOTO GALLERY - Waitsburg-Prescott loses to Liberty Christian but still going to state tournament

Waitsburg-Prescott lost Liberty Christian 41-35 but is the second seed to the state tournament in Spokane.

Blue Devils slam door on Eisenhower

Gary Winston's 23 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, lead Wa-Hi's boys to the 61-54 regional victory.

KENNEWICK — Wa-Hi's Gary Winston capped a 12-point fourth quarter with a two-handed slam dunk after half-court steal.Winston finished with a game-high 23 points, and his prolific fourth slammed the door on Eisenhower.It clinched a 61-54 Blue Devil boys' b

Too much Redmons for Blue Devil girls

Mead's Jazmine and Jade Redmon lead the Panthers past Wa-Hi, 52-35, in regional tournament semifinal play Friday night at the Toyota Center.

Mead's Jazmine and Jade Redmon lead the Panthers past Wa-Hi, 52-35, in regional tournament semifinal play Friday night at the Toyota Center.

World War II throws Manipur a curve, hooks country on baseball

A Walla Walla man is filmed for a documentary about the positive impact baseball is having on the war-torn community at Imphal, Manipur's capital.

Baseball, the Great American Pastime, helped Northern and Southern Civil War troops escape battle's realities.The same pursuit continued when American troops played baseball while wearing combat boots instead of spikes and flight gloves instead of fielder

Local attorney ‘Dutch' Hayner dies at 93

Hayner practiced law for more than 60 years and was a major force in establishing the local airport.

WALLA WALLA — Herman 'Dutch” Hayner, 93, a prominent attorney who operated one of the oldest law firms in the region and was a longtime supporter of numerous city, county and state facilities, died Friday.Born in Fairfield, Wash., on Sept 25, 1916, Hayner

Work progresses on Dairy Express, Winter Education Complex

Plans include the integration of College Avenue into the campus, a new library and a student center.

COLLEGE PLACE — Many plans are in store for Walla Walla University this year that will benefit residents and students.The university Master Planning Committee's 13 members have constructed a plan for the next 20 years that includes changes happening now t



Ladders and loppers aid a group of workers pruning an orchard along Highway 11 outside of Milton-Freewater earlier this week. Preparations for spring continue as the weather marches ever warmer and clearer, mixed with the occasional day of clouds and rain

Funds continue to be collected for shelter

About 80 percent of the $30,000 goal has been reached.

WALLA WALLA — Last month, during Shelter for Freedom, a series of awareness-building fundraisers that focused on the problem of human trafficking, numerous organizations, local business, community members and students from the area's three colleges worked

Emergency Services - 02/28/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

On the agenda - 02/28/10

When: Monday and Tuesday. Monday meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. Afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday workshop will begin at 9 a.m.Where: Walla Walla County Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.


Walla Walla General Hospital

Green-waste pickup service resumes in March

WALLA WALLA — Starting in March, a weekly green-waste pickup service will be offered to residents who purchase a green-waste bin for $15.71 per month.Subscribers to the green-waste service will receive a 96-gallon container for lawn clippings, leaves, wee

Mayor: Public takes infrastructure plan seriously

Three more town hall meetings to discuss the situation are scheduled.

WALLA WALLA — The second of four town hall meetings on the proposed Infrastructure Sustainability Plan takes place this week.On Feb. 18, city officials held the first town hall, where roughly 60 people attended a two-hour meeting on proposed utility rate

Cookies, bears and tea delight youngsters

The annual event raises money for college scholarships for students seeking careers in education.

WALLA WALLA — It was cookies by the thousands served to kids, parents, grandparents and guardians by the hundreds, who on Saturday sat down for tea at the Walla Walla-Columbia Counties School Retirees Association annual Teddy Bear Show and Tea.'We want to

PHOTO GALLERY - DeSales girls advance to state tournament with victory over Pomeroy

DeSales defeated Pomeroy 56-40 to advance as the third seed to the state basketball tournamnet in Spokane.


Church Women United to celebrate Human Rights Day

WALLA WALLA — 'Living the Challenge: Differently Enabled, Uniquely Called” is the theme as Church Women United celebrate Human Rights Day at 9:45 a.m. Friday at Pioneer Methodist Church, 209 E. Birch.Events begin with a Bible study at 9:45 a.m. by the Rev

A holy God dwells in unapproachable light

I have recently been pondering the story in Exodus 3 of Moses' encounter with God at the burning bush. As the calling of a prophet, it bears similarity to what we find in Isaiah 6 and Jeremiah 1. There is a shattering encounter with God, followed by the g

WW horse trainers' charges win at world competition


Walla Wallans Lisa Thonney and Dan Clark, owners of Grapevine Horse Training Inc., started down a road nearly a decade ago that led to some of their greatest professional moments so far.It started when client Karen Wade sought their help to prepare her tw


Activities offered daily at The Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave., include pool and cards from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A complete listing of center activities, classes and health and welfare programs may be found in the center's monthly newsletter. The annual

For the word on birding, check it out

Bird watching as a hobby is gaining in popularity, enthusiasts say.

The hobby of bird watching is gaining popularity for all ages. 'Birding” combines learning and spending time outside, with others or alone. It can be an enjoyable pastime, rather than a scientific analysis, but you have the freedom to go into as much deta



Les and Debra Ray of Milton-Freewater announce the engagement of daughter Jessica Ray to Brooks T. Davidson, the son of Kevin and Cheri Davidson of Oregon City, Ore.The bride-elect is a 2005 graduate of McLoughlin High School. She received her associate o

Marching toward the playoffs reveals the many characters of coaching

Fans at a basketball game usually focus their attention on the court and players.But sometimes, a glance at the bench can be even more entertaining than what's playing out on the court. It's there that coaches direct their team, occasionally employing ing

Washington should look at out-of-state tax options

It could be a better option to boost revenue than raising the statewide sales tax.

If the Legislature must raise taxes, take it easy (or, at least easier) on Washingtonians.Perhaps it is time to look at eliminating or reducing exemptions for out-of-state purchases.

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Friday, February 26

PHOTO GALLERY - Wa-Hi girls lose to Mead 52-35

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PHOTO GALLERY - Wa-Hi boys defeat Eisenhower 61-54

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Ralph Sansom

Oct. 15, 1934 -Feb.22, 2010

DaleRae Dillman

Jan. 1, 1955 - Feb. 25, 2010

Jackaline Douglas

Jan. 23, 2010

Evelyn Murray

October 24, 1917 - February 24, 2010

Double take

Moving heavenly bodies with sky, an in-camera double-exposure aligns a recent fair weather sunset with a waxing moon over the Mormon Church spire on 2nd Avenue. After a release of precipitation today, more fair weather and clear skies are expected to bl

Give Republican senators credit for trying to solve problems

Democrats and Republicans must put politics aside in seeking solutions.

The U.S. Senate has been paralyzed by partisan politics. Democrats and Republicans have been so focused on pushing their ideological agenda (and making the other party look bad), that little progress has been made toward solving the nation's problems.But

Hot Mama's Espresso to raise money students at Liberty Christian School

A cup of brew at Hot Mama's Espresso could raise some dough for students at Liberty Christian School.Every Tuesday in March the Pine Street coffee business will donate $1 for each drink sold to the school's upcoming class trip.Every other year, the school

In the minutes - Pomeroy School Board

Pomeroy School District Board members are Paul Ruark, Lori Slaybaugh, Steve Carlson, Bart Gingerich, and Ed Sullivan. With all present Thursday the board:

In the minutes - Prescott School Board

Members of the Prescott School Board are Erik Young, Sara Fletcher, Pam Stueckle, Eva Madrigal and Karen Tonne. With Stueckle and Madrigal absent Thursday the board:

In the minutes - Weston Council

Members of the council are Bill Boyd, Chet Mills, and Dennis Snider. One seat is vacant. Mayor is Duane Thul. With all present Wednesday the council:

In the minutes - Starbuck School Board

Members of the Starbuck School Board are Zonia Dedloff, Carol Wildman, Jill Wood, Kelly White and Leo Janes. With Wildman absent Thursday the board:

Court Report - Superior Court


Mark Kelly Hobson, 53, 1205 S. Ninth Ave., was sentenced Feb. 22 on one count first-degree theft. The sentence included restitution to be determined, $200 in court costs, $102.60 in sheriff fees, $500 to the crime victims compensation fund, $775 in attorn

Etcetera - 02/26/10

Members of Kappa Kappa Gamma at Whitman College and Walla Walla Public Library staff will host their annual Dr. Seuss Day from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday at Reid Campus Center on Whitman's campus.

Walla Walla University offers communal wheels to students

A shared-bicycle program at the school is in expansion mode.

COLLEGE PLACE -- For students on campus who are always in a hurry -- rushing between classes, the cafeteria, and the dormitories -- the new program implemented by Associated Students of Walla Walla University and the ASWWU Tread Shed may provide a solutio

Walla Walla Early Head Start to expand

The local program received a federal cash infusion that will extend its services.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla's Early Head Start programs will be expanding this year thanks to a boost from the federal government.The federal Office of Head Start recently awarded more than $250,000 in federal stimulus funds to Children's Home Society in W

Health rankings shed light on pluses, minuses for Walla Walla County

Walla Walla County enjoys a high ranking in health factors, but is partly undermined in state rankings by social and economic factors.

Walla Walla County gets an "A" for health factors, and a "B" for health outcomes according to the County Health Rankings report recently released by the state Department of Health. San Juan County is ranked as the "healthiest" community, where it is easie

ROCK DOC - Garnets' value goes beyond the aesthetic

A scientific friend I work with paid me a compliment last summer that still rings in my little head. She said the garnet earrings I had on that day looked good. It was true (I modestly admit), but that's not what impressed me. She next asked if I had foun

Judy Gies

Sept. 24, 1942 - Feb. 24, 2010

Coyotes to tangle for state berth

Burbank's girls rout Goldendale, 52-35, to face Connell Saturday for a spot at state.

FINLEY, Wash. — Katie Breazeale's 19 points sparked Columbia-Burbank to a 52-35 victory over Goldendale in a South Central Conference District loser-out girls basketball game here on Thursday.The Coyotes and Connell now tangle for the district's final Cla

Wa-Hi hands out swim awards

Merrick Calder wins the Most Valuable honor at the awards Wednesday night.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi senior Merrick Calder received the Most Valuable award at the boys swim team's awards night Wednesday.

Mild weather good for fishing opener

SPOKANE — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife weekly recreation report predicts good fishing for Eastern Washington anglers with Monday's opener this year.For the first time in several years, the Monday opener should find open water fishing opp

Burchell nets GOL player of the year for Mac-Hi

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi senior Sierra Burchell has received the girls basketball Greater Oregon League Player of the Year honor, and is a first-team selection to the 2010 Greater Oregon League All-Star team.

Whitman's White, Peterson Net All-NWC Women's Basketball Honors

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College senior Hilary White and first-year teammate Kelly Peterson have netted All-Northwest Conference basketball honors.

Whit's Shaw receives All-NWC Honorable Mention recognition.

Whitman College sophomore Brandon Shaw, who led the Northwest Conference in steals and was sixth in scoring, has earned post-season honors in a vote of men's basketball coaches.Shaw, a 6-foot-2 guard, is one of six players in the nine-school conference wh

Mac-Hi sends 15 grapplers to state

Pioneers coach Beau Chester says his team can contend for a state championship if ‘eight or nine wrestlers place in the top 10.'

A total of 15 grapplers are representing the Mac-Hi Pioneers at the Oregon Class 4A Wrestling Championships today through Saturday at Portland's Memorial Coliseum.Only Sweet Home with 17 and Tillamook with 16 have more.'We finished second in state last ye

Thursday, February 25

New trial date set for man in gang fight

Mario R. Aguayo has pleaded innocent to charges of riot and second-degree assault in connection with the June 2009 melee.

WALLA WALLA -- The trial for a man charged in connection with a gang-related melee outside St. Patrick Catholic Church last June has been postponed in Walla Walla County Superior Court.Mario R. Aguayo, 18, of 737 N. Seventh Ave., now is scheduled to face

Don't kill golden goose with estate tax

The federal estate tax is a huge drag on the economy. It costs almost as much to administer as it brings in. The revenues it generates are a drop in the bucket, less than 1 percent. It destroys small businesses and costs jobs.The original purpose of the e

Credit-card reform has reduced access to credit

The new law has driven up interest rates and reduced credit lines. The law, however, may open the eyes of consumers.

The federal government isn't alone in deficit spending. Many — too many — Americans are also upside down when it comes to finances.And credit-card debt is a major reason.Congress last year passed legislation aimed at helping Americans stay out of credit c

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

When: Today, 6 p.m.Where: Shepherd Education Center

In the minutes - Columbia School Board

Board members are Sonny Townsend, Chuck Glessner, Garrett Stark, Connie Smith and Mike Scrimsher. With all present Monday, the board:

Boy Scouts of America to be featured on Jeopardy!

Boy Scouts of America will be a featured category on the Thursday episode of Jeopardy! BSA is celebrating its 100th year in 2010.The press release encourages viewers to stay tuned for the entire show, including the commercial breaks, because BSA will be s

Road signs go missing from construction site along highway

WALLA WALLA -- Several new road signs were taken overnight Tuesday from a construction site along U.S. Highway 12, according to a Sheriff's Office report.The signs were discovered stolen Wednesday, and included the following messages: Rough Road, Be Prepa

Author's talk date incorrect in today's Marquee

WALLA WALLA -- Due to a reporter's error, an item in today's Marquee has an incorrect date. Bethany McLean, the author and contributing editor to Vanity Fair who was one of the first journalists to expose the corruption at Enron, is not presenting her lec

Furniture consignment store opens on 9th Ave.

Necessity being the Mother of Invention, the idea for the new furniture consignment shop on Ninth Avenue came more than a year ago when George and Tina Perry were preparing their daughter for college.The then-Boise residents were on the lookout for afford

Births - 02/25/10

Out Of Town

At University College Hospital, London: To Dr. Mpho Tlali and former Walla Wallan John Smelcer, London, twins, a daughter Keneoue Saoirse Smelcer, 5 pounds 12 ounces and a son, Mohale Sean Smelcer, 5 pounds, 12 ounces, Feb. 18, 2010.

Emergency Services - 02/25/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Etcetera - 02/25/10

Garrison Middle School staffers nominated Lisi Dobson, sixth grade; Emily Pryor, seventh grade; and Dylon Ridenour, eighth grade, for January Students of the Month honors.Each winner receives a certificate and this month they went to lunch at Subway with

Family, personal histories play into current financial outlook for Waitsburg couple

Lessons from yesterday have provided some of the best moments in the present for one area family.Craig and Carolyn Jean -- best known as "C.J." -- Horlacher recently bought their house and 40 surrounding acres in the hills behind Waitsburg for $130,000.Th

Choices plentiful for financial education

Realizing you need to become financially literate, or educated, is the first step. Finding that education can be quite another. That's one of the reasons Gov. Chris Gregoire of Washington state declared Feb. 21-28 as the first "Washington Saves Week."Beca

BMAC and other Walla Walla organizations help teach personal financial planning

While social-service agencies realize a need to help clients understand finances, there has been a marked lack of local collaboration in making that happen, said Kathy Covey, community service director for Blue Mountain Action Council.The Walla Walla non

State Rep. Maureen Walsh sees a need for earlier financial education.

Financial education should be a core component in secondary education, Maureen Walsh feels. "I don't like unfunded mandates for our high schools, but I think this is an important part of our curriculum."Walsh, a state representative from College Place, wa

Milton-Freewater water board: 'We cannot fail'

The new Water Control District board, which oversees levee repairs, gathered for the first time Wednesday.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A new group took up the quest to repair the levees guarding the city Wednesday.At its first meeting, the Milton-Freewater Water Control District board elected officers and pledged to work as a team to seek passage of a bond to fund the

State suspends nurse convicted in drug case

Andrea L. Dressler received nearly 13 months in prison and now has had her license indefinitely suspended.

WALLA WALLA -- The state Department of Health has indefinitely suspended the license of a registered nurse who was sentenced to prison for forgery and drug possession.An administrative charge against Andrea L. Dressler was filed in September as the result

Book Notes - Readers recommend mysteries and war stories

Last month I wrote about the fiction and nonfiction recommendations that local readers had sent in during the year. This month I'm covering the mysteries and war stories that readers suggested.

'The Women of Lockerbie' about light and darkness

More than two decades after the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, Kevin Loomer found himself contemplating the events surrounding the terrorist attack that killed all 259 people on board and another 11 people on the ground.It was last summer when Loomer gave

New at the library

Jarvis Jay Masters has taken an extraordinary journey of faith. Strangely enough, his moment of enlightenment came behind the bars of San Quentin's death row.In this compelling memoir, inmate and author Jarvis Jay Masters takes us from the arms of his her

Renowned photographer's exhibit at Sheehan Gallery

Photographer Kathryn Cook, whose work has appeared in various publications including The New Yorker, Time and Newsweek, will give seminars and talks at Whitman College.An exhibit of her photography, which focuses on the disputed history of the Armenian Ge

Spangrude's work on display at Le Chateau through March

New art works by Cass Spangrude are on display from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily at Le Chateau Winery, 175 E. Aeronca Ave.The exhibit runs through the end of March. Included are watercolors, pastels and mixed media paintings of local and regional landscapes, plus

Violin/viola recital at Whitman

The Whitman College Department of Music will present a student violin/viola recital featuring Kristin Vining-Stauffer, Nathan Shiu and Rachel Wishkoski on piano.The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Whitman College Hall of Music, Chism Recit

Senior's voice recital cancelled

Kaley Eaton's senior voice recital, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Chism Recital Hall, Whitman College, has been canceled. It will be rescheduled. For more information, call 509-527-5232 or e-mail .

Journalist who helped expose Enron to speak

The 2009-2010 Hosokawa Journalism Lecture. "Media as Watchdog: Exposing Corporate Scandal" will be presented by Bethany McLean, author and contributing editor for Vanity Fair magazine, at 7 p.m. tonight in Maxey Auditorium on the Whitman College campus.A

Celebrate Seuss on Read Across America Day

Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, the Whitman College Center for Community Service and the Walla Walla Public Library will celebrate Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss's Birthday from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday at Reid Center, Whitman College, on the corner of Park

Cowboy singer to perform in Pendleton

PENDLETON -- Folksinger Hank Cramer will perform in concert here at the Little Vert Theater at 7 p.m. Saturday.The doors will open by 6:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (60-plus) and youths (6-16). Children get in free. The Little Vert

Panthers find offense, down Gar-Pal in loser-out

Asotin finally gets offense going in victory over Vikings

WALLA WALLA — Garfield-Palouse and Asotin turned a tight 27-26 defensive basketball grinder after three quarters into a final frame shootout here Wednesday. The Panthers nearly doubled their three-quarter total to take down Gar-Pal in Southeast 2B Distric

WWCC garners No. 1 seed

The Warrior men shake Blue Mountain, 85-74, for a share of the NWAACC East title, but take the top seed through tie-breakers.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College used an early second-half run Wednesday night to break away from stubborn Blue Mountain in an 85-74 NWAACC Eastern Region men's basketball victory over the last-place Timberwolves at the Dietrich Dome.

Pirates keep state tourney hopes alive

Pomeroy's defense holds W-P's girls to two third-quarter points en route to the 37-29 district victory Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA — Pomeroy's stingy defense held Waitsburg-Prescott to two third-quarter points Wednesday in Southeast 2B District girls loser-out basketball play at Whitman College's Sherwood Center. The 11-2 quarter turned a one-point halftime deficit for th

Irish girls hold off Nighthawks

DeSales advances to play Pomeroy for the final district seed to state with the 49-36 victory Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales' girls held on to a lead despite a comeback by Tekoa-Oakesdale to win, 49-36, in Southeast 2B District play at Whitman College's Sherwood Center Wednesday.DeSales advances to play Pomeroy at 2 p.m. Saturday at Whitman for the final s

Whitman to host baseball coaching clinic March 10

WALLA WALLA - The Whitman College baseball program is hosting a free baseball coaching clinic for coaches from Little League through the high school level from 6-8 p.m. March 10 at Whitman's Sherwood Athletic Center.The clinic covers pitching mechanics, h

White earns another NWC Player of the Week Award

WALLA WALLA - For the second time in as many weeks, Whitman College senior Hilary White has been named Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week for women's basketball.White, a 5-foot-10 guard, finished her playing career on a high note last week,

Warrior sophs shine in victory

Kati Isham, Nancy Johnson and Layne Tucker combine for 49 points in the 79-47 victory over Blue Mountain in the regular-season finale.

WALLA WALLA — Kati Isham, Nancy Johnson and Layne Tucker combined for 49 points Wednesday night as No. 2-ranked Walla Walla Community College celebrated Sophomore Night by grabbing a share of the NWAACC Eastern Region women's basketball championship with

Knights knock Irish boys out

DeSales' season comes to an end as WWVA wins the district game, 46-37.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Valley Academy lived to play another day and DeSales saw its season come to an end Wednesday in Southeast 2B District boys basketball action at Whitman College's Sherwood Center.

Harley Hart Sr.

Aug. 23, 1919 - Feb. 19, 2010

Judith Gies

Sept. 24, 1942 - Feb. 24, 2010

COLLEGE PLACE — Judith Gies, 67, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at her home on Clarence Avenue.Arrangements are pending through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St.

Robert Sherman

July 11, 1924 - Feb. 22, 2010

WALLA WALLA — Robert Waldo (Bob) Sherman, 85, passed away at home in Walla Walla, Feb. 22, 2010, with family by his side. No services are planned.

PHOTO GALLERY - WWCC women defeat Blue Mountain Community College

The warriors defeated the BMCC Timberolves 79-47. Kati Isham scored 22 points and Layne Tucker had 15 points. The Warriors finish regular the season 24-1 and will open the NWAACC tournament on Saturday, March 6th in the Toyota Center.

PHOTO GALLERY - WWCC men defeat Blue Mountain Community College

Warriors defeat the Timberwolves 85-74. Jason Smith had 28 points and Aaron Van De Graaf added 12pointts. The Warriors finish the season on an 8 game winning streak and will open up the NWAACC Championships on Saturday March 6th at Toyota Center in Tri-Ci

Wednesday, February 24

Etcetera - 02/24/10

Jennifer Lopéz, a 2009 Walla Walla High School graduate, was featured Feb. 5 at the 18th annual Bonneville Power Administration Science Bowl in Portland.Now a Whitman College freshman, she had been a three-year BPA Science Bowl participant and team captai

Don't be silent on Baha'i imprisonment

There is a current theory that everyone on the planet is connected by six degrees of separation. The world in which we live is too small for the amount of enmity and violence that seems so prevalent.In the past I have written regarding the Baha'i held at

In the minutes - Columbia County

Columbia County commissioners are Chuck Reeves, Dwight Robanske and Dick Jones. With all present Monday night:

Emergency Services - 02/24/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

On the agenda - Starbuck School Board

When: Thursday, 5:30 p.m.Where: Starbuck School

On the agenda - Prescott School Board

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.Where: Board Room

On the agenda - Pomeroy School Board

When: Thursday, 6 p.m.Where: Shepherd Education Center

On the agenda - Weston Council

When: Thursday, 5 p.m.Where: City Hall, 114 E. Main.

On the agenda - Port of Walla Walla

When: Thursday, 6 p.m. after a 5 p.m. work session.Where: Regular meeting at Port of Walla Walla office, 310 A St.; work session at El Sombrero, 425 Ash St.

Caravaggio, airport to part ways

The owner of Caravaggio plans to seek a location elsewhere in the city.

WALLA WALLA -- A change in restaurant operators is on the menu at the Walla Walla Regional Airport.The Port of Walla Walla is parting ways with Italian restaurant Caravaggio, which is expected to continue at a yet-to-be-determined location.Port officials

Amanda Hinger

May 7, 1920 ~ February 22, 2010

April Fool's! Not. Octopus to move to 7 E. Main St.

It's no joke: The Inland Octopus toy store will celebrate April Fool's with a relocation.In a move owner Bob Catsiff refers to as "The Great Octopus Migration of 2010," the 5-year-old store will move to 7 E. Main St., next to Bright's Candies.Catsiff said

Boosting state sales tax is a mistake

State government will become used to the additional revenue and this so-called temporary tax will never be lifted.

Like a boxer, state lawmakers have been softening up taxpayers with body blows.The proposed new taxes have been small -- a little extra on bottled water, candy, pop, cigarettes, pipe tobacco and pesticides. Other proposed taxes have been aimed at out-of-s

Matilda Pautler

Sept. 8, 1917 - Feb. 21, 2010

One day turns family's finances upside down

A crime committed by Michelle Hart's husband financially swamped her and their two children with alarming speed.

It wasn't exactly the high life, but it was a good life, Michelle Hart remembered.Her husband had logged for the same company for a decade, bringing in enough income to rent a nice home in Longview, Wash., and to allow Hart to attend school.Her children,

Agency finds savings problems widespread

New America Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute, released numbers about Americans and their savings habits last year. The agency's finding include:The Urban Institute estimates that eight out of every 10 low-income families are as

Financial education a foundation to build on

Getting more people into the financial mainstream helps build a secure future, a local advocate says.

Financial literacy is a fluid, subjective and narrow term and Noah Leavitt is not a big fan of using it.It's too black and white and is not really relevant, said the coordinator of the Walla Walla Asset Building Coalition."There's been a shift or change o

Weisner leads Wa-Hi to win of ‘war' with Central Valley

Jamie Weisner takes over to score 12 fourth-quarter points and key the Blue Devils to the 58-54 regional victory.

Jamie Weisner scored 34 points, 24 in the second half, to lead Wa-Hi to a 58-54 win. The Blue Devils broke away from a 40-40 tie heading into the last quarter. Weisner hit seven-of-eight free throws down the stretch to hold off Central Valley.

Bullpups run past Blue Devil boys

Wa-Hi watches a nine-point lead disappear late in the third quarter as Gonzaga Prep hands the Blue Devils a 70-62 regional defeat.

SPOKANE — Wa-Hi took the game away from Gonzaga Prep for nearly three quarters here on Tuesday night.When Gary Winston scored a driving layin with 3:22 on the third-period clock, Wa-Hi led by nine points, 42-33.The Bullpups then closed out the period with

'I should've turned back' is a common refrain on an icy hike to Umtamum Falls

Part 1 of a series on a fly-fishing trip to the Yakima River Canyon. Part 2 continues next week.

Ooooohh!The cotton-pickin' root pulled loose.On my hands and knees, I clawed at the soaked black earth with my fingernails to halt my backwards skid onto the inch-thick sheet of ice — then over the edge of the 30-foot cliff and down, down into the tumblin

Mac-Hi boys end season with 64-55 loss to Ontario

The Pioneers' late rally isn't enough as they fall in the district loser-out game Tuesday in Ontario.

ONTARIO — Mac-Hi started slow and finished strong.Yet, the Pioneers couldn't overcome a 10-point halftime deficit in a 64-55 loser-out district playoff loss to Ontario here on Tuesday.Mac-Hi finished its season with a 6-19 record, and the Tigers advance t

Grizzlies roll past Joseph in state game

JOSEPH, Ore. — With three players scoring in double figures, Helix rolled to a 54-26 girls basketball victory over Joseph in a first-round Class 1A Oregon state tournament game here Tuesday.The 22-6 Grizzlies advance to a second-round game at North Lake a

Mac-Hi girls end season with 53-27 loss to Baker

Mac-Hi finishes the season with a 9-16 record after the 53-27 defeat.

BAKER CITY — Baker defeated Mac-Hi, 53-27, in a loser-out girls district basketball playoff game here on Tuesday.The Pioneers ended their season with a 9-16 record.

A REASON TO HOPE - Your voice can make a difference in Alzheimer's efforts

Each day provides a new opportunity for me to learn something about Alzheimer's and the other types of dementia. I am fortunate to have a job that provides the opportunity to share my new discoveries.This is only one of the reasons that there is urgency t

Economist sees need, hope in future of foreign aid

Former World Bank economist Inder Sud spoke Tuesday at Whitman about the history of aid and his view of the years to come.

Foreign aid has changed over the years, sometimes being an expression of one nation's altruism, at other times serving as a political tool, a former World Bank economist said Tuesday night at Whitman College.Economist Inder Sud spoke as part of the school

Alan Loiacono

Dec. 30, 1955 - Feb. 22, 2010

Alan M. Loiacono, 54, formerly of Walla Walla, died at his home, 2569 Marion Drive, in Utah.Arrangements are pending through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St.

Tuesday, February 23

PHOTO GALLERY - Wa-Hi girls defeat Central Valley 58-54

Get live Twitter updates from the Wa-Hi gym as the lady Blue Devils take on Central Valley in a 4A Eastern Regional playoff game.

All kinds of cheerleaders

While basketball players demonstrated their ball control during State District 9: 1B and 2B basketball games Tuesday afternoon at George Ball Court on the Whitman College campus, cheerleaders showed off their fall control during the Asotin Cheer Squad's

Logic, common sense out the window

Sen. Patty Murray announced last week that the state of Washington is to receive $590 million for high-speed rail improvements. Now, I don't begrudge the people getting jobs from the work that will be done, but I am trying to understand this huge investme

Etcetera - 02/23/10

Walla Walla High School's new Debate Team will send seven students to the State Debate Tournament after a successful competition at the District 5/6 State Qualifying Tournament Feb. 12-13 at Chiawana High School in Pasco.

Congress now focused on politics, not fixing problems

Moderate Democrat Evan Bayh is leaving the Senate because the situation has become dysfunctional. It should be a wake-up call.

Those elected to Congress should be focused on doing what's best for the nation.And, at one time (and not so long ago), that was the case. Not anymore.Today, too many senators and representatives seem more interested in advancing the agendas of their poli

ASK MOM - Father regrets his ogre-style parenting tactics

DEAR MOM: My wife thinks I have "anger management issues" and need to be a better "role model" for our children. I guess you could say we don't see eye-to-eye when it comes to raising children. She lets the kids get away with murder, do whatever they want

Walla Walla County 911 services may get new home in College Place

The county's Emergency Management Department may relocate to to the College Place Fire Department.

WALLA WALLA -- If all goes well, College Place will soon be the new home for 911 services in Walla Walla County.County commissioners today gave the go-ahead to seek proposals to move the center to the College Place Fire Department. The county's Emergency

Attempt to save Wash. Main Street program rounds corner to fruition

Advocates of the Washington State Main Street Program got one step closer to saving the program last week and face another key step Thursday.The Main Street Bill received overwhelming support from the House of Representatives, which approved the measure 9

Cheese made in Yakima recalled

Health officials in Oregon and Washington are warning against eating soft Mexican cheese products made by a Yakima company after a Washington resident was confirmed with listeriosis.The affected products made by the Yakima-based Queseria Bendita are subj

Agriculture helps stablize Umatilla County

Wheat and other grains brought in about $90.9 million in Umatilla County last year.

Although they still took a hit in the pocketbook, Umatilla County farmers and ranchers escaped the economic battering the rest of the state's agriculture producers suffered in 2009.According to figures compiled by Oregon State University, Umatilla County

Fire destroys detached garage

WALLA WALLA -- A home's garage was destroyed in a fire Monday along Boyer Avenue, authorities said.The fire was reported shortly after 4 p.m., at 1428 Boyer Ave. Firefighters from the city's Fire Department found the garage consumed with flames.The garage

Milton-Freewater man admits to shooting charges

WALLA WALLA -- A 19-year-old area man faces more than three years in prison for participating in a gang-related shoot-out near downtown Walla Walla in September.Jose Luis Rodriguez Jr. pleaded guilty Monday in Superior Court to second-degree assault while

Walla Walla rape trial postponed again

WALLA WALLA -- The trial for a man accused of raping a teenage girl at his residence in January 2008 has been postponed again in Walla Walla County Superior Court.Bryan M. Harvey, 24, most recently had been scheduled to face a jury starting today. But the

Liberty Christian girls edge Tekoa-Oakesdale, 45-43

The Patriots tab their state tournament ticket and play Asotin Saturday for the district tournament.

WALLA WALLA — Liberty Christian overcame a nine-point second-half deficit with a 10-0 run in the last two minutes of the third period to take the lead and hold on to win, 45-43, over Tekoa-Oakesdale here Monday in a girls Southeast 2B semifinal matchup.Ke

Liberty Christian Patriots ride third quarter past WWVA Knights

WWVA's boys suffer 11 turnovers in the decisive third quarter as Liberty Christian wins the district matchup, 65-56.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Valley Academy Knights jousted themselves in the foot with 11 turnovers in a momentum-changing third quarter here Monday night in Southeast 2B boys semifinal basketball action. Liberty Christian took advantage for 20 points i

Waitsburg-Prescott secures state berth

The 53-46 victory over Gar-Pal gives W-P's boys a spot in the state tourney, and they play for the district title Saturday.

WALLA WALLA — Zach Bartlow scored 24 points, with the help of 8-of-10 free-throw shooting, and scooped up four rebounds to go with two steals, to lead his team Waitsburg-Prescott squad onto a state tournament berth with a Southeast 2B District victory ove

Asotin Panther pressure defense sinks Pomeroy Pirates

Asotin hands Pomeroy's girls their third loss of the season by the Panthers, 58-38, behind a defense that forced 26 Pirate turnovers.

WALLA WALLA — Asotin proved you can beat a team three times in a season in Southeast 2B District semifinal girls basketball play against Pomeroy at Whitman College's Sherwood Center Monday.The Panthers, who beat Pomeroy twice in the regular season, pressu

Blue Mountain Babe Ruth to have signups Wednesday

Blue Mountain Babe Ruth of Milton-Freewater, Athena and Weston will be holding signups for the 2010 season at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Middle School Cafeteria.

Pacific, Valley Little Leagues slate registrations

WALLA WALLA - Signups for Pacific and Valley Little Leagues continue from 6-8 p.m. today and Thursday, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, at Kmart.Registration may also be done online. To register for Pacific Little League, visit Web site For Val

Ward Blue

March 22, 1932 - Feb. 19, 2010

MILTON-FREEWATER Ward R. Blue, 925 Cowl St., 77, passed away Feb. 19, 2010, at Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center, Milton-Freewater.Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Sexton

Jan. 6, 1935 - Feb. 19, 2010

MILTON-FREEWATER Robert J. Sexton, 1212 Lamb St, 75, passed away Feb. 19, 2010, at his home.Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater is in charge of the arrangements.

Sister Marleen Hull

Sept. 22, 1930 - Feb.18, 2010

Sister Marleen Hull, Sister of Providence, 61 years of religious life, passed away Feb. 18, 2010, at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane.Arrangements entrusted to Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home, Spokane.

Harley Hart Sr.

Aug. 23, 1910 - Feb. 19, 2010

YAKIMA — Harley Delwin Hart Sr., 99, formerly of Walla Walla, died at Good Samaritan Health Care in Yakima.Arrangements are pending through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St.

Marjorie Saulie

July 7, 1925 - Feb. 19, 2010

WALLA WALLA — Marjorie Saulie, 84, died at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center.Arrangements are pending through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St.

Monday, February 22

Photo, story captured big game

The U-B photo by Matthew Zimmerman and article by Dustin Holden about the McLoughlin High School girls basketball game published on Feb. 17 were just excellent.The photograph was a classic with outstanding guard Andrea Roeder shooting a free throw and the

Take responsibility for family member

I was disappointed with the many pages recently dedicated to the negative side of health care in adult family homes. Perhaps that is because my family has been able to find the good ones!The issue is not whether there are unreliable adult care facilities

Now is not time to raise taxes

Gov. Gregoire wants to impose a $605 million tax hike on Washington state. At a time when so many people are out of work and the economy is struggling, Gregoire wants to add to the citizens' burden. Remember 2008? Gregoire was determined to stay in the

Court Report - Superior Court


Ashlee K. Kveton, 21, 314 E. Poplar St., was charged Feb. 16 with unlawful issuance of bank checks. Kveton is accused of making, drawing, uttering or delivering checks, knowing she didn't have sufficient funds in or credit with the bank or depository to m

On the agenda - Columbia School Board

When: Tonight, 7 p.m.Where: District board room, 755 Maple St.

In the minutes - Touchet School Board

Members of the Touchet School Board are Sandra Bradley, Robert Schaeffer, Mandy Thompson, Michael McCubbins and Darren Goble. With Bradley absent Thursday the board:

In the minutes - College Place Board

Board members are Doug Case, chair; Marci Knauft, vice chair; Todd Stubblefield, and Brian Maiden. With all present Thursday, the board:

Emergency Services - 02/22/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Freedom to comment on Internet sites not always equal

Teachers can be restrained by their jobs from posting on the Internet while speech by students is generally protected.

Last week a middle school teacher in North Carolina was suspended from her job, and could be fired, for making derogatory remarks about students on a Facebook page.Meanwhile, a Florida student who was suspended for setting up a Facebook page to complain a

Juvenile arrested in Dayton-area motor vehicle theft

DAYTON -- A male juvenile was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of motor vehicle theft, MIP, DUI, making false statements and first degree driving with no valid operators license.The incident occurred on Bruce Road southeast of Dayton. Fire, ambula

Cemetery district board to meet Tuesday in Athena

ATHENA -- The cemetery maintenance district board meeting was moved from it's regular date to this Tuesday due to schedule conflicts.The board meets at Athena City Hall at 5:30 p.m.Items to be considered include security cameras, maintenance contract, rul

Etcetera - 02/22/10

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services plans to award $933,171 in funding to Early Head Start programs provided by Children's Home Society of Washington across the state.CHSW is now able to serve 108 more children statewide (312 children total).

MaryAnne Keyes

April 18, 1918 – February 15, 2010

Vern Studer

July 24, 1932 - Feb. 18, 2010

Thelma L. Webber

July 28, 1922 - Feb. 19, 2010

WALLA WALLA — Thelma Luellen Webber, 87, died Feb. 19, 2010, at Washington Odd Fellows Home, 534 Boyer Ave.Arrangements are pending at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road.

New Milton-Freewater Water Control District board to meet Wednesday

The group is in charge of maintenance and repairs of levees along the Walla Walla River.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The newly-reformed Milton-Freewater Water Control District board will meet Wednesday to be formally seated.The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Milton-Freewater Public Library, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave.Four members of the five-member board

Robots give Walla Walla University students a hand up with studies

Two new robot arms have been installed at the School of Engineering.

COLLEGE PLACE -- When many people hear about robots, they conjure up images of time-traveling cyborgs or other types of machines seen in science fiction movies and television shows. However, most robots are simply automated industrial tools used in factor

Strange days help lighten the mood in war zone

The clock seems to tick slower as the end of the deployment comes into sight.While I still have three months left here in Afghanistan, I am finally able to see a glimpse of the end. I see how easy it would be to merely become complacent and lose any sort

Walla Walla Parks & Recreation classes find home at Carnegie Center

WALLA WALLA -- Art is no longer just for kids, as far as the Parks & Recreation Department is concerned.This year the department kicked off its adults-only art classes. And from the looks of Sunday afternoon's Nefertiti bracelet beading class, the dep

Pioneers win district wrestling title, take 15 to state

A record number of Mac-Hi grapplers are headed to Portland after Saturday's district championship.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi takes 15 wrestlers to the Oregon state Class 4A wrestling tournament in Portland this Thursday through Saturday following a stellar performance at the district tournament in La Grande Saturday.The Pioneers won the Greater Oregon

College of Idaho completes sweep of Whitman

College of Idaho takes all four games with the Missionaries over the weekend.

NAMPA, Idaho — College of Idaho took different routes in sweeping a pair of non-conference baseball games, 13-1 and 9-0, from Whitman College Saturday afternoon in Nampa, Idaho.In the nine-inning opener, the Coyotes scored eight runs late in the game to

Walla Walla's Pearce named EOU's head volleyball coach

LA GRANDE — Walla Walla native and Wa-Hi graduate Hailey Pearce has been named head volleyball coach at Eastern Oregon University.

Salish wins Hoops Classic

WWU trailed 30-25 at the half, but Salish-Kootenai took command over the second 20 minutes to win and claim the Hoops Classic championship.

Jesters open youth rugby with loss to Pendleton

PENDLETON — The Jesters Rugby Club, the Walla Walla Valley's under-19 boys rugby team, played its first ever game Saturday against Pendleton, falling to the Sasquatch, 43-14.

Sunday, February 21

WWCC moves into three-way tie for first in NWAACC East

MOSES LAKE — Walla Walla Community College pulled into a first-place tie in the NWAACC Eastern Region men's basketball standings here Saturday afternoon with an 88-75 triumph over Big Bend.The Warriors have won seven games in a row and will enter the regu

Two Pirates grapple to state titles

Scott Wolf wins the 152-pound title, while Klyntin Bott defends his 189-pound crown at Mat Classic XXII.

Scott Wolf at 152 pounds and Klyntin Bott at 189, both wrestled through the competition to claim individual state wrestling championships. The Pirates also claimed a second and two thirds on their way to a second place finish in the team standings.

DeSales girls end Dayton's season

The Irish win the district loser-out game, 60-39, over the Bulldogs.

COLFAX — The third time wasn't the charm for the Dayton Bulldogs here Saturday in Southeast 2B District girls loser-out playoff action. DeSales completed a season sweep of the Bulldogs in emphatic fashion with a 60-39 victory.Caitlin Duncan led the way fo

Wa-Hi boys claim the No. 3 seed into the regional with win over Davis

WALLA WALLA — If its offense hits a cold spot, a good team turns up the defensive pressure.That's what the Wa-Hi boys did Saturday night in a battle with Davis for the Big Nine Conference District's No. 3 and No. 4 seeds into the 4A Eastern Regional next

Whitman men's tennis wins 53rd consecutive NWC regular season match

WALLA WALLA — A dominating performance in doubles carried into singles as Whitman College blanked George Fox 9-0 in men's tennis action Saturday afternoon in the Bratton Tennis Center.Whitman, the two-time defending Northwest Conference champion, improved

Waitsburg-Prescott girls down Garfield-Palouse

COLFAX, Wash. — Waistburg-Prescott's girls basketball defeated Garfield-Palouse, 43-34, in loser elimination game in the 2B District Nine playoffs. Genesis Pearson led W-P with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Walla Walla Community College women win ninth straight, thump Big Bend, 79-59

MOSES LAKE — Kati Isham led three Walla Walla Community College players in double figures with 21 points here Saturday afternoon as the Warriors rolled to a 79-59 victory over Big Bend in an NWAACC Eastern Region women's basketball game.

Grizzlies beat Ione, take third seed to state

Helix wins a defensive battle Saturday, and then gets to relax with a berth in the state tournament secure.

UMATILLA — Helix's girls earned the third-seed out of the District 6 tournament into the state competition with a 31-28 victory over Ione here Saturday afternoon.The Grizzlies, who lost to Dufur Friday to fall into the loser-out game Saturday, couldn't be

Whits fall twice in baseball twinbill at College of Idaho

NAMPA, Idaho — College of Idaho took different routes in sweeping a pair of non-conference baseball games, 13-1 and 9-0, from Whitman College Saturday afternoon in Nampa, Idaho.In the nine-inning opener, the Coyotes scored eight runs late in the game to

Wa-Hi's Eric Eastman fifth at Mat Classic XXII

TACOMA — Eric Eastman wrestled his way to a fifth-place finish at the Tacoma Dome in action at Mat Classic XXII.Eastman, who claimed Wa-Hi's only state spot with a third-place finish at last week's regional tournament, was one of 16 wrestlers to open 189-

Meeting for potential host families for Sweets players slated Friday

WALLA WALLA — An information meeting for potential host families for the Walla Walla Sweets baseball team will run from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Banker Boyer Bank conference room.

Irish rally to edge T-O

DeSales' boys overcome a 10-point deficit in the final 3:30 to win the loser-out playoff game, 56-55.

COLFAX — A Pat Richard five-footer from the right baseline with 11 seconds remaining capped an improbable fourth-quarter DeSales comeback and 56-55 boys Southeast 2B District loser-out playoff victory over Tekoa-Oakesdale here Saturday.The Irish erased a

Saturday, February 20

Whitman swept in Friday baseball doubleheader at the College of Idaho

NAMPA — Whitman's baseball team dropped to 0-6 on the season here Friday afternoon after losing both end of a doubleheader to the College of Idaho, 10-2 and 3-0.Eric Korsmo collected four hits on the day for the Missionaries including three in the opener.

PHOTO GALLERY - Blue Devil boys defeat Davis

Click on photo to the right to view gallery.

Wa-Hi boys beat Ike, 58-52, for ticket to regionals

Wa-Hi's boys hand Ike a 58-52 defeat Friday night to secure a berth out of the district tournament.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi overcame a scrappy Eisenhower team, which played without leading scorer James Lopez, for a 58-52 Big Nine Conference boys' District 9 playoff basketball victory Friday at the Blue Devils' gym.

Bulldogs' offense too much for Pioneer boys

MILTON-FREEWATER — Four Baker Bulldogs boys basketball players scored in double figures as they put Mac-Hi away, 76-35, here Friday night.'Baker is extremely talented,” Mac-Hi coach Nick Ellis said. 'They just have too many weapons.”Derek Blankenship led

Missionary men fall just short of Wildcats

The 74-70 loss ends Whitman's season with a 6-10 NWC record, and 12-13 overall.

McMINNVILLE, Ore. — Freshman LuQuam Thompson scored 18 points and sophomore David Michaels added a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, but a young Whitman College men's basketball team fell a few points short in a 74-70 loss to Linfield College

Mac-Hi downs GOL foe Baker

MILTON-FREEWATER — Andrea Roeder of Mac-Hi led all scorers with 22 points, and had four steals, two blocks and three rebounds to pace her team to a 48-36 victory over Baker in the Greater Oregon League regular-season finale.

Touchet boys stay alive, squeak past Colton, 54-50

ENDICOTT — Touchet kept its boys basketball season alive here Friday afternoon with a 54-50 victory over Colton in an elimination game at the Southeast 1B District 9 boys basketball tournament.Marshall Byerley scored a game-high 22 points and Jake Hodnefi

TigerScots hold off late Stanfield rally to win first district game

The TigerScots watch a 15-point lead disappear before putting the game away, 55-54.

PENDLETON — Weston-McEwen's boys weathered a second-half rally from Stanfield to win the Blue Mountain Conference district playoff game, 55-54, at the Pendleton Convention Center here Friday night. The TigerScots got the tipoff and first score in the firs

Whit women enjoy rout of Linfield

Five Missionaries score in double figures in the season-ending 81-52 victory.

McMINNVILLE, Ore. — Getting double-digit scoring from five players, including all three of its seniors, Whitman College wrapped up its season with an 81-52 shellacking of Linfield College in women's basketball action Friday night in McMinnville, Ore.

Just one of those nights for Wa-Hi girls in district title game

Chiawana races to an early lead and cruises past the Blue Devils for the district championship, 51-32, Friday night.

PASCO — Sometimes you suffer through a night that you just have to forget and move on.The Wa-Hi girls had that night here Friday in the district championship game against Chiawana.Hayley Hodgins scored 11 first-quarter points for Chiawana as the Riverhawk

Dufur nabs win over Helix girls

UMATILLA, Ore. — Helix held a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter here Friday, but suffered a 52-42 loss to Big Sky West Division No. 1 seed Dufur in a winner-to-state game in the Oregon 1A girls District 6 basketball playoffs

$n$ Wolves women down Northwest Indian College

COLLEGE PLACE — A double-digit edge in points off turnovers proved to be the difference in Walla Walla University's 60-46 win over Northwest Indian College in the Walla Walla University Hoop Classic here Friday.

Country Store Consignment Center to resurface as antique mall

The old Country Store Consignment Center undergoes a facelift and morphs to include an antique mall.

WALLA WALLA — The paint is still wet on the seemingly endless stretch of walls at the old Country Store Consignment Center on a recent Saturday morning when Kyla Greiner turns her attention to the front end of the building.'We'll have all new carpet and b

Rogers' Bakery to rise from ashes

Community members have thrown their support behind the bakery and its operators.

COLLEGE PLACE — One day after the fire that burned Rogers' Bakery, owner Kelli Leen returned to the building, surprised to see how much was intact.Sitting on the grill was the charred veggie burger a customer had ordered just a moment before an electrical

Pedestrians hit by truck released from hospital

WALLA WALLA — The two women struck by a pickup on the corner of Second Avenue and Rose Street on Friday have been release from Providence St. Mary Medical Center.According to police reports, Janice King, 56, of Walla Walla and Karen Terrazas, 59, of Dayto

Helping homeless tugs at heart strings

Valentine's Day weekend was full of mixed emotions for me, but it had little to do with romance or roses.I was part of a group of Walla Walla University students who went to Portland for four days to help the city's homeless population and to volunteer at


WALLA WALLA COUNTYWhen: Monday and Tuesday. Monday meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. Afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday session will begin at 9:30 a.m.Where: Walla Walla County Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.


Emergency servicesInformation is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By la

Pomeroy may lose cable TV

PacifiCorp plans to begin removing cable equipment from its utility poles Tuesday.

POMEROY — Despite plans by PacifiCorp to disconnect Almega Cable customers Monday, an Almega spokesman said Friday the company can take care of the outstanding invoices and the estimated 200 to 300 customers won't lose their service.Charles Wesley, tech s

City drops economic development position

WALLA WALLA — City officials earlier this month axed a $76,000 per year economic development position.According to the Human Resources Department, City Manager Nabiel Shawa eliminated the position of Economic Development Coordinator held by Brett White be

College Place sixth-graders could be on move to Sager

A plan is being discussed to move the grade from the intermediate school to the middle school.

COLLEGE PLACE — A discussion has been revived to potentially move sixth-grade students from Meadow Brook Intermediate to Sager Middle School.During Thursday night's School Board meeting, Superintendent Tim Payne said the district would make a decision wit



Richard L. Dashiell, to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Dashiell currently serves as staff judge advocate, lead attorney for Special Operation Command Europe at Patch Barracks Base near Stuttgart, Germany.

The Chipmunks + Pogo + Dilbert = Walla Walla?

Diana Schmidt wondered in an e-mail just what Alvin and the Chipmunks and Walla Walla have in common. The question arose when she was on the Walla Walla Artists Alliance page with Art Walla and Art Forum for Walla Walla. (As of Thursday, this page was blo


Assumption Catholic to host interfaith worship service

WALLA WALLA — Assumption Catholic Church, 2098 E. Alder St. will an interfaith worship service at 10:30 a.m., Feb. 28. This is a unique opportunity to reflect more deeply upon the common faith tradition shared with Jewish brothers and sisters in terms of

The thriller, the writer — and the facts

A lot of people like to read mysteries and thrillers. As a writer in this genre, Dan Brown has developed a following. His books are everywhere.I don't begrudge his readers their enjoyment. Nor do I begrudge Brown his marketing success, financial reward or


Celebrations policy

The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin publishes news of quinceaneras, engagements, weddings, silver anniversaries and each five-year anniversary after the 25th in the Celebrations section of Panorama on Sundays. After the 50th anniversary, coverage is provided a


Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Activities offered daily at The Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave., include pool and cards from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A complete listing of current center activities, classes and health and welfare programs may be found in the center's monthly newsletter. Th

Tai chi quan gives instructor peaceful lifestyle

Ron Johnson teaches the discipline, which he said improves confidence, balance and core strength.

Walla Walla native Ron Johnson, tai chi quan instructor, has found a peaceful lifestyle as well as employment after retirement.Johnson teaches Yang-style tai chi, a combination of softness and strength, to people of all ages. One of his very popular class

A college education must be affordable for all students

Yet, that won't be the case in Washington state with double-digit tuition hikes year after year.

State institutions of higher learning — universities and colleges — are funded with tax dollars. Why?Because they are public, state-owned schools established so all citizens, not just the wealthy, would have an opportunity to get a college education. That


We just can't afford health care

PHOTO GALLERY - Blue Devil girls unable to find way past Chiawana

The Chiawana Riverhawks defeated the Wa-Hi Blue Devil girls 51-32 in the District Championship game at Chiawana High School.

Friday, February 19

Two women struck by vehicle in downtown Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — Two women were taken to a local hospital today after being struck by a vehicle in downtown Walla Walla, authorities said.The crash occurred shortly before 12 p.m. at the intersection of Rose Street and Second Avenue.Walla Walla Police Office

Etcetera - 02/19/10

By jumping rope, Freewater Elementary students in Milton-Freewater raised more than $1,600 for the American Heart Association over a three-week period in January.

Emergency Services - 02/19/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Support for Touchet schools appreciated

The Touchet School District would like to acknowledge our community for the strong support shown in the Feb. 9 school levy Election.

Why weren't infrastructure repairs made earlier?

In the Sunday paper it says Walla Walla's "infrastructure has been in need of repair for decades."

Participate in Census early and save tax dollars

If the form is returned on time there will be no need to send out a Census taker to follow up.

The U.S. Census has been conducted every decade since 1790 as required by the Constitution.

Egg Drop marks 30 years of competition

A sixth-grader strolled away with the top prize at Thursday's Egg Drop at Walla Walla University.

COLLEGE PLACE -- University students and staff joined middle school students and community members on Thursday morning on the Kretschmar Hall lawn at Walla Walla University for the school's 30th Annual Egg Drop.The friendly competition -- in which contest

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Gerald C. Gonzalez Jr., 16, 416 Cedar St., was sentenced Feb. 12 on one count minor in possession and or consuming liquor. The sentence included 30 days in the Juvenile Justice Center, credit for 19

Walla Walla County commissioners laud outgoing sheriff

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County commissioners today lauded retiring Sheriff Mike Humphreys for his service and said he would be missed.Commission Chairman Gregg Loney said that as budget liaison for the commissioners, "I have found Mike to be very fisca

Walla Walla man declares run for sheriff

John A. Turner started his career in law enforcement in Los Angeles in 1984.

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla County man has announced he will be running for Walla Walla County Sheriff later this year.John A. Turner, 45, said he will be running as a "prefers Republican Party" candidate. The office will be up for election in November a

Milton-Freewater Chamber honors 'Western Stars'

Blanche Mason and Andy Millar were named people of the year during Thursday night's festivities.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Eleven area residents were honored Thursday night for their extensive volunteer and community work at the 62nd annual awards banquet of the Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce.The banquet's theme, "Western Stars: Let's Round 'Em

Sixth-graders could be on move in College Place

A plan is being discussed to move the grade from the intermediate school to the middle school.

COLLEGE PLACE -- A discussion has been revived to potentially move sixth-grade students from Meadow Brook Intermediate to Sager Middle School.During Thursday night's School Board meeting, Superintendent Tim Payne said the district would make a decision wi

Trial date set in teen's robbery case

Robert L. Deleon is accused of attacking a truck driver near Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts earlier this month.

WALLA WALLA -- A 16-year-old youth pleaded innocent this morning to attacking a delivery truck driver earlier this month behind Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts in Eastgate.Robert L. Deleon is scheduled for trial March 18 in the Juvenile Department of Superior Cou

Gar-Pal rides fast start past Irish

The Vikings open up a 22-10 first-quarter lead and maintain it for the 56-44 victory over the DeSales boys in the SE 2B District tournament Thursday.

PALOUSE — Garfield-Palouse shooters couldn't miss in the first quarter of its Southeast 2B District first-round game against DeSales' boys here Thursday, and rode that lead to a 56-44 victory over the Irish.The loss pits the Irish against Tekoa-Oakesdale,

Columbia-Burbank girls rally for 48-46 win against Mabton

BURBANK — Columbia-Burbank scrambled to keep its district hopes alive with a late 48-46 victory over the Mabton Vikings here Thursday night.The Coyotes are now 19-1.

Wa-Hi hosting softball clinic March 6

WALLA WALLA — The Wa-Hi softball program is holding its 10th skills clinic March 6 for girls grades 1-9 at the high school gym and softball fields.

WWVA boys notch 67-57 district win over Asotin

ASOTIN — Walla Walla Valley Academy defeated Asotin 67-57 in a boys District 9 basketball game here on Thursday.

Grizzlies girls start fast, down Huskies

UMATILLA — Addie Terjeson's triple-double helped defending district-champion Helix start fast and stay in control for a 48-29 Big Sky Conference District girls basketball victory over Sherman County here Thursday.

For DeSales' Cox, honor is 'a team thing'

DeSales baseball coach Kim Cox and longtime assistant Rob Holtzinger are being inducted into the Washington Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame Saturday at Safeco Field, but Cox is quick to give credit to h

WALLA WALLA — DeSales baseball coach Kim Cox and assistant Rob Holtzinger enjoyed much success in the previous couple of decades.The Irish program has claimed 15 of its 16 Class B state championships with Cox and Holtzinger in charge.Cox also coached DeSa

Waitsburg-Prescott smells like roses in district rout of T-O

Waitsburg-Prescott fires on all cylinders in the 59-30 dismantling of the Nighthawks, and now faces Garfield-Palouse Monday.

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott's appetite for destruction of opponent Tekoa-Oakesdale was nearly insatiable here Thursday as W-P came out great guns on offense and finished smelling like roses in the 59-30 dismantling of Southeast 2B District first-round

Corban JV downs Wolves at Classic

COLLEGE PLACE — The Corban Junior Varsith defeated Walla Walla University 56-43 in a women's basketball game at the Walla Walla University Hoop Classic here on Thursday.

Patriots paste Pomeroy boys

RICHLAND — Liberty Christian rolled to a 58-46 boys Southeast 2B District basketball victory over Pomeroy here on Thursday.The Pirates play Asotin in a 6 p.m. loser-out game at Colfax on Saturday.

Winston among Blue Devils earning Big Nine honors

WALLA WALLA — Blue Devil athletes were led by player-of-the-year selection Gary Wintson as the Big Nine Cascade Division All League teams were announced.

Milton-Freewater Little League to have sign-ups Wednesday

MILTON-FREEWATER — Milton-Freewater Little League is having its next player registration from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Middle School Cafeteria.

Thursday, February 18

Roscoe Strimple

June 11, 1920 - Feb. 7, 2010

Roscoe Paul Strimple, 89, passed away on Feb 7, 2010. He lived in Milton-Freewater from 1936 to 1940 and graduated from Mac-Hi.

Emilynn Marlatt

Feb. 16, 2010

MILTON-FREEWATER - Emilynn Kay 'Emma” Marlatt, 2, 84173 Jennings Arbor Lane, passed away Feb. 16, 2010 at her home. Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater is in charge of the arrangements.

Solution targets traffic woes at edison

Students looking for their ride home or walking home cross traffic laden Alder Street as Edison Elementary School lets out Tuesday afternoon.

Courts - Superior Court

Shauna Young, 27, 803 E. Alder St., was charged Feb. 16 with two counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Young is accused of unlawfully possessing marijuana with the intent to deliver it, and using drug paraphernalia on Feb. 15.Micha

In the minutes - Dayton School Board

Members of the Dayton School Board are Steve Martin, Marchand Hovrud, Tamara Fritze, Joe Huether and David Bailey. With all present Wednesday the board:

In the minutes - Waitsburg Council

Council members are Leroy Cunningham, Jeff Broom, Kathleen Powers, William Potolicchio and Bart Baxter. Mayor is Markeeta Little Wolf. With Powers absent Wednesday the council:

Emergency services - 02/18/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Schools should have later start time

My seventh-grader shoved Sunday's article about sleep-deprived teens in my face. "They finally figured it out," she said, referring to the enlightened schools that start classes later in the day.Unfortunately, the Walla Walla School District is ignoring t

Local chef a James Beard award semifinalist

Walla Walla chef Chris Ainsworth has once again been named a semifinalist for a James Beard Foundation award, known as the "Oscars of the food world."The foundation this morning announced its semifinalists in 19 restaurant and chef categories. Ainsworth,

Kenneth Newby

June 1, 1924 - Feb. 13, 2010

It's time all of Washington is vote-by-mail

The system is less expensive and more voter friendly.

The transition to vote-by-mail elections hasn't been easy for some. Folks found comfort in the traditional polling place where friends and neighbors gathered to cast their ballots.But when the state of Oregon adopted the vote-by-mail system, which was les

Progress made on bill to allow monthly property tax payments

State representatives have passed the measure, but an identical bill died in the Senate and the deadline is approaching.

A bill to allow landowners to make monthly property tax payments advanced this week, but still faces obstacles.House Bill 2962 was approved Monday by state representatives. The measure passed by a vote of 76-22 with state Reps. Terry Nealey, R-Dayton, and

Etcetera - 02/18/10

With funds raised since Noon Rotary Club of Walla Walla's Jan. 14 meeting, and with the club matching those funds the group is purchasing a complete Shelter Box to send to Haiti.Shelter Box is a grassroots Rotary club project that has rapidly grown to th

Paul Martindale

Dec. 17, 1965 - Feb. 10, 2010

Gene Frank

March 9, 1928 - Feb. 15, 2010

Six teens arrested in Walla Walla thefts

Police say the group stole thousands of dollars in goods from college students in the past few weeks.

WALLA WALLA -- Six area teens are facing burglary and theft-related charges following the recovery of items believed to have been taken from Whitman College students in the past few weeks.City police announced today that the six boys, ages 15 to 17, were

Long-time Sheriff Mike Humphreys announces retirement

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County Sheriff Mike Humphreys said today he will not seek re-election and intends to retire at the end of this year.

Panther girls claw Bulldogs 73-40 for district win

ASOTIN — Asotin jumped out to an 18-2 first-quarter lead and Dayton never recovered in a 73-40 Southeast B district girls basketball loss here Wednesday.

Walla Walla Sweets add outfielder Gottschling

Scott Gottschling is playing for UC-Irvine, one of the nation's top-ranked teams, this spring.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets continue to add the final pieces to their inaugural season roster, with outfielder Scott Gottschling the latest addition.Gottschling is a 6-foot, 185-pound corner infielder from University of California-Irvine, a progr

YMCA to host racewalking clinic March 13

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla YMCA is holding a racewalking clinic in March. Racewalking expert Judy Heller will teach the clinic.

Whitman's White named conference student athlete of the week

Whitman senior Hilary White named Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week after 44-point weekend against Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran.

Warrior women edge Spokane in final minute

Kati Isham's three-point play with 47.5 seconds left breaks a 59-all tie and helps WWCC to the 65-64 victory Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA — Kati Isham's three-point play with 47.5 seconds in regulation broke a 59-59 tie and helped second-ranked Walla Walla Community College escape with a 65-64 victory over the Community Colleges of Spokane in an NWAACC women's basketball game We

Walla Walla Community College men move into second-place tie in East Region with rout of Spokane

The Warriors rout Spokane, 79-55, behind Emery Henning's 26 points and Jason Smith's 21 Wednesday, securing the tournament slot.

WALLA WALLA — Red-hot Walla Walla Community College extended its winning streak to six games Wednesday night with a 79-55 victory over fifth-ranked Spokane in an NWAACC Eastern Region men's basketball game at the Dietrich Dome.Center Emery Henning scored

Pirates gut out 40-32 win over DeSales to open districts

Pomeroy's girls avenge an earlier loss to DeSales with a 40-32 district tournament victory.

WALLA WALLA — Pomeroy beat DeSales, 40-32, in opening round play of the girls Southeast 2B District basketball tournament Wednesday, avenging an earlier loss and moving into the winner's bracket game next week.

Sister Gilberte Parent

Nov.10, 1921 - Feb.15, 2010

SP (Sister Cecile Marie), Sister of Providence, 64 years of religious life, passed away Feb. 15, 2010.Arrangements entrusted to Bonney-Watson Funeral Home.

Mary Anne Keyes

April 8, 1918 - Feb. 15, 2010

WALLA WALLA — Mary Anne Keyes, 91, 1710 Plaza Way, died at Park Manor Rehab Center on Feb. 15, 2010. Arrangements are pending through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St.

Joseph Angotti

July 12, 1912 - Feb. 13, 2010

PENDLETON — Joseph Francis Angotti, 97, 2239 S.W. Landow Ave, Pendleton, died at Willowbrooke Terrace, Pendleton, on Feb. 13, 2010. Arrangements are pending through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St.

Mary Stillman

Feb. 19, 1916 - Feb. 14, 2010

COLLEGE PLACE — Mary Stillman, 93, 20 S.E. Larch Ave, died at Eagle Springs Specialty Care Commnity on Feb. 14, 2010. Arrangements are pending through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St.

Fredrick Custer

Aug. 1, 1948 - Feb. 14, 2010

WALLA WALLA — Fredrick Arthur 'Deacon” Custer, 61, died Feb. 14, 2010, at his home. Online condolences may be made at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.comArrangements are pending at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla.

Cars, buses to switch spots at Edison Elementary School

Traffic problems at Edison Elementary School have moved beyond asking parents to change their behavior to moving the pick-up and drop-off points.

WALLA WALLA -- Before the last school bell rang at Edison Elementary on Tuesday, the cars were already lined up a dozen deep down Hobson Street, which empties into the school's main driveway in the front.Despite the long line, staff members waiting outsid

Walla Walla kindergarten enrollment approaches

The sign-up period runs from March 15-26 at neighborhood elementary schools.

WALLA WALLA -- Children starting kindergarten in the fall can enroll in their neighborhood school March 15-26.Walla Walla Public Schools is coordinating its yearly enrollment period from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on March 15, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. the remaining days.Pare

Reporter who helped uncover Enron woes to speak here

Bethany McLean was working for Fortune magazine when her work uncovered problems at the now-defunct company.

WALLA WALLA -- A former journalist who helped uncover corruption at Enron will be the keynote speaker of this year's Hosokawa Lecture at Whitman College.Bethany McLean, author and contributing editor to Vanity Fair, will speak as the 2009-10 Hosokawa Jour

Tonight first chance to chip in on plan

WALLA WALLA -- Better roads, construction moratoriums, public health, environmental standards and higher utility rates are just a few of the issues surrounding the city's proposed Infrastructure Sustainability Plan.Shortly after being hired last fall, new

Telander Art School students display work

Telander Studio Gallery will host an exhibition of student paintings at the Telander Art School, 229 E. Alder. There will be a reception 5-7 p.m. Friday.Students of all ages and backgrounds will display their oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolors depict

Pottery studio gives boost to SoupPort fundraiser

The annual event needs bowls, and painters are sought to donate time and cash for the cause.

WALLA WALLA -- Everybody with a drop of art in their veins can get the chance to express their creativity for a worthy cause, Patrice Townsend said.Townsend heads the Pottery Painting Studio for the city Parks and Recreation Department, which has blended

Anderson shows watercolors at the Walla Walla Roastery

An exhibition of watercolor paintings by local artist Roy Anderson opens at the Walla Walla Roastery, 290 A St., Feb. 22-April 10. This exhibition was planned to complement the unique coffee shop at the airport.Anderson has exhibited at The Pendleton

WWU students polish plays for one-act festival

Directing a one-act, as the student directors of Walla Walla University are learning, is a complicated endeavor. Drama minors Darcy Sturges, Shane Wood, Jessica Roe, Bjorn Smars, and Amy Shine, have chosen their material, selected their casts and prepared

Boxed-in, yet beauty abounds

Walla Walla artist Katherine Wildermuth frames images of Earth's creatures and flora through structure and patterns, only in order to color outside the lines.

The real work began when the day job stopped, recalls Kathleen Wildermuth.In 2001, the artist retired from teaching art for more than 30 years at the private Lakeside School in Seattle. In 2003, she and her husband, John Jamison, came to stay in Walla Wal

Auditions to be held for 'Into the Woods'

Auditions for the Broadway musical "Into the Woods" will be 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Little Theatre of Walla Walla, 1130 Sumach St.The cast consists of 22 actors -- eight men and 14 women -- ages 16 and older. A short musical piece, either from

Folk singer, fiddler to perform in Dayton

DAYTON -- Folk singer/songwriter Thom Dudley and fiddler Eddie Parente, will play 7-9 p.m. Feb. 26, at Skye Book and Brew, 148 E. Main St.One of the founding members of the Celtic group Raven, singer/songwriter Dudley has been playing Celtic music for ma

Contra dance to be held Saturday at Unity Church

A traditional, old-time contra dance will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Unity Church building, 810 C St., near the Walla Walla AirportContras, squares and other dances will be taught by callers Howard Ostby and Dan Clark. No experience is necessary. Instru

New at the library

Most Americans think of crowded cities as ecological nightmares, as wastelands of concrete and garbage and diesel fumes and traffic jams. Yet residents of compact urban centers, author David Owen shows, individually consume less oil, electricity and water

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers to perform with composer who earned Grammy

TRI-CITIES -- The Mid-Columbia Mastersingers will present a guest artist residency with Grammy Award-winning composer Libby Larsen."Missa Gaia: Mass for the Earth," a work for chorus and chamber orchestra, will be presented 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at C

Award-winning poet to give reading at Whitman College

Poet Elizabeth Bradfield will read selections of her poetry at Whitman College 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory. As part of the school's Visiting Writers Reader Series, the event is free and open to the public.Bradfield is the author

AAUW book sale this weekend

The 35th Annual American Association of University Women book sale begins noon to 9 p.m. Friday and will be 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The sale will be in the Marcus Whitman Hotel Ballroom, 6 W. Rose St.This book sale is a major fund

Wednesday, February 17

Health-care reform needed

Once during our time, in the Land of Eastern Oregon, there was a gentleman, Greg Walden, who wanted to represent all the people of his district in Washington, D.C.Health-care cost had risen to an estimated $2.5 trillion in the year of 2009. This was the e

Edison Elementary principal to retire

Nancy Withycombe plans to make this year her last in education.

WALLA WALLA -- Edison Elementary Principal Nancy Withycombe will retire from education at the end of the school year, officials announced today.Withycombe's resignation for purposes of retirement was accepted by the Walla Walla School Board Tuesday night

WWU symposium to focus on balance, life after school

A two-day business symposium at Walla Walla University will focus on life after school and striking balance.Two graduates who went on to careers at Microsoft and California's Huntington Memorial Hospital will lead the discussions, which begin Thursday.

In the minutes - Columbia County

Columbia County commissioners are Chuck Reeves, Dwight Robanske and Dick Jones. With Jones absent Monday:

In the minutes - Walla Walla School Board

Board members are Cindy Meyer, president; Jim Lehmann, vice president; Anne Golden, Max Carrera and Dan Hess. With Lehmann absent Tuesday, the board:

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

Walla Walla County Commissioners are Greg Tompkins, Perry Dozier and Gregg Loney. Commissioners voted as follows at their Tuesday meeting:

Emeregency Services - 02/17/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

WSU Coug fans, always optimistic, may have reason

The search for a new athletic director is aggressive, with WSU President Elsom Floyd directly involved.

It's always taken an eternal optimist to be a true WSU Cougar fan. After all, the Cougs' success on the field or court is sprinkled among too many sad seasons where the Cougs seemed poised to win only to pull defeat from the jaws of victory. This has occu

Thursday senior lunch canceled in Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER - Thursday's seniors lunch at the Milton-Freewater Community Building, 109 N.E. Fifth Ave., has been canceled due to another event being held at the Community Building. For more information, call 541-938-4141.

Beekeeping club being formed

WALLA WALLA -- A honey of a club is being organized by the WSU-Walla Walla County Extension.Due to interest generated from a basic beekeeping class held last fall, a beekeeping club is now being formed. The first meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at t

On the agenda - Touchet School Board

When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.Where: School library

On the agenda - College Place School Board

When: Thursday, 7p.m. Executive session scheduled at 6:30.Were: Sager Middle School gymnasium conference room, 1775 S. College Ave.

Joseph F. Angotti

July 12, 1912 – Feb. 13, 2010

Janice Sherrie Filan

March 6, 1946 - February 14, 2010

Sylvia DeRuwe Boule' Baker

Feb. 17, 1927 - Feb. 14, 2010

Cheryl Ann Malcom

Nov. 27, 1957 - Feb. 13, 2010

Betty Young

Dec. 15, 1950 – Feb. 16, 2010

Whitworth men win 21st straight game with 70-57 victory over Missionaries

Whitworth's men win their 21st straight game, 70-57, to improve to 22-2 overall.

WALLA WALLA — After canning nine 3-pointers to build a 13-point halftime lead, Whitworth University held off the Whitman College men over the final 20 minutes to post a 70-57 Northwest Conference victory Tuesday night in Sherwood Center.With Justin Artis

Whitworth women secure final NWC playoff spot

Whitman's hopes for postseason play end with the 71-69 loss to the Pirates.

WALLA WALLA — With four players scoring in double figures, the Whitworth University women nailed down the fourth and final Northwest Conference playoff spot with a 71-69 basketball victory over Whitman College Tuesday night in Sherwood Center.Led by Cassi

Pioneers hand La Grande GOL defeat

Mac-Hi's Sierra Burchell and Andrea Roeder team up to lead the Pioneers past the Tigers, 46-43, Tuesday night in Milton-Freewater.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Forward Sierra Burchell teamed up with guard Andrea Roeder as a potent 1-2 punch, inside-outside duo to escape with a GOL victory, 46-43, here Tuesday night. Burchell, who fought foul trouble most of the night, scored 20 points and ripp

Pioneer boys fall to La Grande, 57-20, Tuesday night

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Greater Oregon League leaders, the La Grande Tigers at 8-0, beat the Mac-Hi boys, 57-20, here Tuesday night.Ryan Tooke of the Tigers scored 20 points and pulled down six boards to lead his team. Brad Townsend had 17 points and eight

Braves bounce cold Blue Devils

Wa-Hi's boys hit just 38 percent from the floor in the 66-55 district tournament loss to Kamiakin.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi shooters missed their first four shots in a second-round Big Nine Conference District boys basketball game Tuesday night at the Blue Devils' gym.And they never quite found their usual shooting touch on the way to a 66-55 rubber-game lo

Wa-Hi girls hand Panthers district defeat

Jill McDaniels leads the Blue Devils with 15 points for the district second-round victory, 47-44, Tuesday night.

WENATCHEE — It doesn't matter when you score, it's what's on the scoreboard at the final buzzer.With Jill McDaniels leading the way with 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor, Wa-Hi connected on 17-of-35 shot attempts over the first 16 minutes here

Big second half powers Pirates past Bulldogs

Dayton's boys can't find the net as Pomeroy ends its season with the 47-34 defeat Tuesday.

DAYTON — In a hit-and-miss game where Pomeroy did most of the shot-hitting and Dayton did most of the missing, Pomeroy used a 31-9 second-half rout to eliminate the visiting Bulldogs, 47-34, here Tuesday in the Southeast District 2B boys play-in game.

Utility bill heads up, but how high?

WALLA WALLA -- At the current rate of funding, city officials report it will take 215 years to replace all municipal water and sewer lines, 82 percent of which are already at failing status.The city is now proposing a goal to step up replacement work to a

Tuesday, February 16

Fire damages popular College Place bakery

A blaze broke out Tuesday afternoon at Rogers' Bakery and Cafe, apparently starting in a light fixture.

COLLEGE PLACE — An apparent electrical malfunction ignited a fire at Rogers' Bakery and Cafe this afternoon, shutting the eatery down temporarily.The fire is believed to have started shortly before 4 p.m. at the popular bakery, located at 116 N. College A

Wa-Hi boys basketball updates

We'll be posting live updates from the Wa-Hi gym as the Blue Devils take on Kamiakin.

Tune in starting at 7 p.m. tonight to get live updates as the Blue Devils take on the Kamiakin Braves.

Jack Rodda

Aug. 10, 1914 - Jan. 19, 2010

Teen charged with attacking truck driver

WALLA WALLA -- A 16-year-old area youth has been formally charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court with attacking a delivery truck driver earlier this month behind Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts, 481 N. Wilbur Ave.

State government begins setting no-smoke example

The Washington state Department of Health is now the first cabinet-level agency in the state to have an entirely tobacco-free main campus, starting today.

Walla Walla County Jail inmate who briefly escaped gets 7 years for previous crimes

WALLA WALLA — A felon who allegedly broke out of the County Jail in a short-lived bid for freedom early this month has been sentenced to seven years in prison for crimes last summer.Warren D. Summers, 55, was ordered Tuesday afternoon to serve 84 months,

Goldie Connell

June 19, 1925 - Feb. 10, 2010

Emergency Services - 02/16/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Gilberto Gonzalez-Silva

To Virginia Silva Najera and Gilberto Gonzalez Candido, Walla Walla, a son, Gilberto Gonzalez-Silva, 5 pounds 15 ounces, Feb. 13, 2010.

On the agenda - Waitsburg Council

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Where: Lions Club Community Building, Fairgrounds


When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Where: District Board Room, 609 S. Second St.

On the agenda - WW SCHOOL BOARD

When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m.Where: District board room, 364 S. Park St.

Powerful geometry

Crisscrossing power and telecommunication lines mixed with signage, towers, trees and Highway 12 hold a vast number of geometric patterns along a stretch of North 13th Avenue Monday afternoon, February 15, 2010. Pacific Power crews in bucket lifts working

Piece of fairness, accuracy argument missed

Your editorial, "Inmates should be counted as residents of site of prison" overstates what the Census Bureau has agreed to do and misses an important piece of the fairness and accuracy argument that led to a change in when the Census Bureau publishes pris

Christian Women's Connection lunch Wednesday

DAYTON -- Christian Women's Connection's monthly luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Cost is $9. The lunch will be at the Seneca Building in Dayton. Baby-sitting is available.For reservations, call Judy Jackson, 509-399-2005.

St. Paul's Episcopal Soup & Pie lunches to begin March 2

WALLA WALLA -- The long time tradition of "Soup and Pie" spring luncheons will soon resume at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine St.Beginning March 2, followed on Tuesdays through the month, fresh soup and pie will be served 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. i

Walla Walla Community College women's basketball team to raise cancer awareness

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Community College women's basketball team will be seeing pink this week.On Wednesday, the WWCC Warriors play Spokane Community College at 6 p.m. as both teams color outside the lines in a game designed to raise breast cancer

Lawmakers' freeze of salaries, bonuses is right approach

The action taken by lawmakers last week appropriately focuses on upper and middle management. Lawmakers must go deeper.

Last week state lawmakers approved legislation extending the freeze on bonuses and salary increases for state employees, including supervisors and managers.It's a prudent move given the state's current financial situation. Frankly, the freeze should go de

Seventh-grade girlfriend made Sam expert on women

Several folks have asked me recently whether I'm writing a new book.Yes, I am. It's a book about women."What?" Annie chirped. "Are you nuts?"

ASK MOM - Newborn's problems worry new mother

I have just given birth to a beautiful baby boy. It was a very hard delivery and he seems to be having some issues with breathing and feeding. The doctors are running some tests but know very little yet. They have mentioned that the baby may have some k

Etcetera - 02/16/10

If you can supply contact information for classmates who attended Walla Walla High School with the Class of 1960, you'll be most appreciated.Organizers are preparing for the class' 50th reunion Sept. 24-26 and want to locate as many folks as possible.So f

New ID cards in works for Medicaid clients

Officials warn of a few attempted scams related to the new service cards.

By early April, a permanent service card will replace the current paper Medical Assistance ID, known as the medical coupon to Medicaid recipients. The new cards are free to clients and will be sent with detailed instructions.So far there have been three r

Walla Walla water losses mount

WALLA WALLA -- City officials estimate they are losing one billion gallons of potable water per year, which is equivalent to 1,514 Olympic-sized swimming pools (50 meters by 25 meters by 2 meters deep).That's roughly 25 percent of all the potable water ge

Walla Walla students showcase C-SPAN-sponsored documentaries

Months of hard work on documentaries came to fruition for dozens of local middle-school students.

WALLA WALLA - Dozens of Garrison and Pioneer Middle School students showcased 31 original documentaries last week at the Walla Walla High School auditorium. The films were funded by a C-SPAN student filmmaking competition called Student Cam, which challen

Touchet boys go overtime, eliminate Lacrosse-Washtucna

Touchet's boys win the SE 1B District game, 56-49, to advance to another elimination matchup Friday afternoon against Colton.

ENDICOTT — Jake Hodnefield scored 17 points as Touchet rallied from a five-point deficit after three quarters to post a 56-49 overtime victory over Lacrosse-Washtucna in a loser-out game at the Southeast 1B District 9 boys basketball tournament here Monda

Trio of regional champions leads Pirate grapplers to state tourney

Defending state champion Klyntin Bott is joined by nine other Pomeroy wrestlers as they head to Mat Classic XXII Friday and Saturday.

POMEROY — Pomeroy had three champions at the Class B regional wrestling meet at Kittitas last weekend, and the Pirates are sending 10 grapplers to Friday and Saturday's Mat Classic XXII at the Tacoma Dome.That has Pomeroy coach Derek Shawley very optimist

Rosalia ends Touchet girls basketball season, 50-48

The Indians' season comes to an end with the 50-48 SE 1B District loss Monday.

ROSALIA — Touchet's mounted a furious comeback in the second half but fell short in a 50-48 season-ending Southeast 1B District loser-out game to Rosalia here on Monday.

Knights girls fall behind early, can't catch Gar-Pal

WWVA's season comes to end with the 36-28 loss to the Vikings Monday night.

GARFIELD — Walla Walla Valley Academy fell behind 18-6 early and couldn't quite overcome the deficit in a season-ending 36-28 loss to Garfield-Palouse here Monday.

Monday, February 15

Janice Filan

Janice S. "Jan" Filan, 63, of 853 Five Mile Road, Walla Walla, died Feb. 14, 2010, at her home.Arrangements are pending with the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.

Jeanette Adams

MILTON-FREEWATER - Jeanette "Jan" Adams, 68, of 910 Cowl St. Space 5, died Feb. 13, 2010, at the Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla.Arrangements are pending with the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862

Inmates should be counted as residents of site of prison

New federal policy allows states to decide whether to count inmates as residents of where they came from.

Should inmates at the Washington State Penitentiary be counted in the 2010 Census as residents of Walla Walla?Absolutely. The fact is they do live in Walla Walla. While they don't leave the prison (unless they are shackled), the inmate population does hav

Etcetera - 02/15/10

The Women's Memorial Golf Club will start its season March 3.All interested women are encouraged to contact Doug Newman in the Veterans Memorial Golf Course pro shop at 527-4507 for details.Nick Wellington-Buttice's family observed the "year of nice" in 2

On the agenda - Walla Walla County

When: Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. Afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday workshop will begin at 9 a.m.Where: Walla Walla County Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.

Emergency Services - 02/15/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Country's beauty amazes: conditions, politics saddens

Last week, I wrote from a base up north in Konar Province. The border of Pakistan seemed to be only a stone's throw away, although it was in fact a little further than that.We staged ourselves in Asadabad, which is a couple of hours north of Jalalabad, so

Board to look at library service outside city limits

WALLA WALLA -- An agreement to provide library services to residents outside Walla Walla city limits will be before the Walla Walla County Library District board Tuesday.The board will meet at 5 p.m. at the district's service center, 37 Jade St.Under the

Citizens of Walla Walla see top priority as streets

WALLA WALLA - The number one complaint by the citizens of Walla Walla to city officials is about deteriorating public streets -- not failing water and sewer lines.But the deteriorating condition of Walla Walla's streets is related to the conditions of the

Spray-on tans keep cancer at bay

A reality TV show inspires a Walla Walla business venture.

WALLA WALLA -- Derri Reid wheels her liquid sunshine into the Rob Paul Salon on a dark Friday evening."Where's the best light?" she asks, scouting the Rose Street business for a place to set up her mobile tanning operation.Two stylists giddily guide her t

Wolves women lose to Great Falls

GREAT FALLS — Great Falls University jumped out to a 34-17 halftime lead on the way to a 58-37 women's basketball victory over Walla Walla University here on Sunday.

Wa-Hi's Eric Eastman advances to wrestling championships

Eric Eastman takes third in the 189-pound division at the regional meet Saturday in Richland.

RICHLAND — Wa-Hi's Eric Eastman was the lone Blue Devil to advance to the Mat Classic wrestling championships at the Tacoma Dome out of the regional tournament Saturday at Richland High.Eastman compiled a 3-1 record and placed third in the 189-pound divis

Bittersweet finish for Whit swimmers

The Missionary men and women come oh-so-close to finishing one place higher than their respective third and fourth places at the NWC meet.

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — It was a bittersweet night for the Whitman College swim teams on Sunday as they capped their best-ever season with a strong finish at the eight-school Northwest Conference Swim Championships.The Whitman men's team, one year after plac

Whitman men net shutout of Loggers

TACOMA — After struggling through a tough match against Pacific Lutheran earlier in the day, the Whitman College men's tennis team rested several key players but still rolled unchallenged past Puget Sound 9-0 here Saturday afternoon.Whitman improved to 2-

Hermiston fifth-grade girls fight for the ball

The Hermiston Inferno's Mckenzie Lind (No. 24) and Rileigh Andreason (second from right) fight for the loose ball with the Hermiston Junior Daws' Kynzee Padilla (No. 10) during the fifth-grade girls championship game at the 17th annual Walla Walla YMCA Sh

Lillian Drummond

Oct. 30, 1910 - Feb. 8, 2010

Walla Walla —Lillian Alice Drummond 99, 226 Rancho Villa, died at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.Arrangements are pending through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St.

Paul Martindale

Dec. 17, 1965 - Feb. 10, 2010

Paul Martindale, passed away Dec. 17, 1965, in Houston, Texas.Arrangements are pending with family members.

Cheryl Merritt-Wren

May 15, 1967 – Jan. 26, 2010

A memorial service to honor the life of Cheryl Merritt-Wren will be held today, Feb. 12, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Walla Walla Valley Academy Auditorium in College Place. Cheryl worked at WWVA for many years and most recently lived in Bend, Ore.

Clara Downing

Feb. 6, 2010

MILTON-FREEWATER - Clara J. Downing, 77, passed away Feb. 6, 2010 at her home. Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater is in charge of the arrangements.

Sunday, February 14

UPDATE - Whitman College student dies in skiing accident at Bluewood

DAYTON — A Whitman College student died Saturday in a skiing accident at Ski Bluewood, officials said.Whitman College President George Bridges confirmed the death in a release to the Whitman community late Saturday, according to the Whitman College newspa

No. 1 Rosalia rolls over four seed Touchet in district playoffs

ROSALIA — Rosalia, the No. 1 Class 1B boys team in the state proved again Saturday why they deserve their ranking.The Spartans made mincemeat out the Southeast District four-seed Touchet Indians in the first half, then cruised to a 72-57 playoff victory.

Great Falls women down Wolves

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Dominique Pusher scored 21 points and Heather McFadden posted 16 points for Walla Walla University's women, but it wasn't enough to overcome the University of Great Falls here Saturday night. WWU lost the game 78-53.

Defense keys second half uprising as Blue Devil girls defeat Moses Lake

WALLA WALLA — Moses Lake had defeated Wa-Hi the last three times the two teams had met in the postseason.Wa-Hi ended that streak here Saturday in the opening round of the District 4A girls basketball playoffs.The Blue Devils outscored the Chiefs 32-19 in

Riordan scores 20 to lead Loggers over Missionaries

WALLA WALLA — Puget Sound broke open a close game with an 18-3 spurt to start the second half and held off Whitman College the rest of the way for a 74-70 women's basketball victory Saturday night in Sherwood Center.The 17th-ranked Loggers improved to 13-

Whit men shoot 50 percent in second half to down Loggers

WALLA WALLA — LuQuam Thompson and Justin Artis, two sons of Tacoma, combined for 44 points and senior Jordan Wheeler added 18 more on Senior Night to power Whitman College to an 88-69 Northwest Conference victory over Puget Sound Saturday night in Sherwoo

WWVA girls claims third at Friendship basketball tournament

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Valley Academy's Knights girls basketball team beat Puget Sound Adventist Academy, 42-38, here Saturday to claim third in the 12-team Friendship Tournament here at Walla Walla University.

WWVA big men pour it on in high scoring shootout win over Upper Columbia

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla Valley Academy's post duo of Marshall Failing and Caleb Sauerbier plundered Upper Columbia Academy's middle to the combined tune of 51 points Saturday. The Knights' big men led WWVA to the boys basketball third-place trophy wit

Saturday, February 13

Wa-Hi relies on offense for a 76-56 win over Kennewick

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi, one of the top defensive teams in the Big Nine Conference, relied mainly on its high-powered offense for a 76-56 district playoff victory over Kennewick here Saturday.The Blue Devils, now 18-3 on the season, play Kamiakin at the Wa-Hi

Warrior men knock off Wenatchee Valley

WENATCHEE — Jason Smith hit 9-of-15 from beyond the arc to power a less-than-energetic Walla Walla Community College offense to a 57-48 NWAACC East Region men's basketball victory over Wenatchee Valley here Saturday.The Warrior guard posted a game high 29

Walla Walla Community College women's basketball pound Wenatchee Valley, 70-50

WENATCHEE — Three Walla Walla Community College players scored in double figures to beat Wenatchee Valley College, 70-50, in an NWAACC East Region game here Saturday night.Sophomores Layne Tucker, Kati Isham and Nancy Johnson all scored 11 or more points.

Whits' Dyer sets school record at swim championships

Kevin Dyer shaves three seconds off the mark set by Jamie Nusse a year ago in the 500-yard freestyle.

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Whitman College freshman Kevin Dyer set a new school record while placing second in the 500-yard freestyle at the Northwest Conference Swim Championships Friday night at the King County Aquatic Center.

Pioneer boys fall to Tigers 89-43

ONTARIO, Ore. — Despite individual efforts by Zach Conlee and Ryley Croghan, Mac-Hi's boys basketball team lost a Class 4A Greater Oregon League matchup against Ontario, 89-43, here Saturday night.Conlee pounded the ball inside for Mac-Hi, getting 13 poin

Surina's two long balls power La Verne to 9-2 baseball win over Whitman

ANTHEM, Ariz. — Erik Korsmo continued to swing a hot bat for Whitman College, but the University of La Verne got a pair of three-run home runs from Matt Surina in a 9-2 baseball victory over the Missionaries here Friday morning at the Arizona Desert Class

Pioneers plowed by Ontario girls

ONTARIO, Ore. — Slow starts in both halves proved the undoing of the Mac-Hi girls here Saturday as the Pioneers dropped their Greater Oregon League road basketball game against first-place Ontario, 50-31.

Whitman men's tennis 51st consecutive NWC victory

TACOMA — It was anything but easy, but the Whitman College men's tennis team opened its Northwest Conference season on a successful note Saturday morning, slipping past Pacific Lutheran 5-4.It was Whitman's 51st consecutive victory in the NWC regular seas

Whitman women's tennis team 2-0 in NWC early on in season

WALLA WALLA — Less than 24 hours after blanking Puget Sound 9-0, the Whitman College women's tennis team shut out visiting Pacific Lutheran by the same score Saturday morning.

Helix girls basketball roll to second-place finish in Big Sky Eastern Conference

HELIX, Ore. — Kylee Rogers scored 28 points to lead the Helix girls basketball team to a 58-24 victory in a Big Sky Conference matchup against Sherman County.'Kylee has been red hot, really on a tear,” Helix coach Dean Fouquette said. 'She had a really go

Emergency services

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Weston-McEwen boys hold off Stanfield, 78-74

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen held a 15-point lead early in the fourth quarter, then hung on for a 78-74 victory over Stanfield in a Blue Mountain Conference boys basketball game here Friday night.The TigerScots advance to this week's district tournament at the

Helix girls win battle with Ione

IONE — Second place in the Big Sky East girls basketball conference was at stake here Friday night as Helix and Ione squared off.Helix got a balanced scoring attack and outscored Ione in each quarter to claim sole possession of second with a 48-37 victory

Nixyaawii girls flex muscles in Big Sky rout of Condon-Wheeler

MISSION — Big Sky Conference East Division-leading Nixyaawii flexed its muscles early and often here Friday night during a 73-16 girls basketball rout of Condon-Wheeler.A gaggle of Golden Eagles hit double figures, led by the 18 points of Miriah Withers.

T-O end Pomeroy girls' regular season on sour note; Pirates set for district

OAKESDALE — Alexandria Overton scored 18 points as Tekoa-Oakesdale ended Pomeroy's regular season on a sour note here Friday in the Pirates Southeast 2B North Division girls finale.

Weston-McEwen girls finish season on winning note, 35-24, over Stanfield

ATHENA — The Weston-McEwen TigerScot girls ended the season on a winning note and took some momentum into next year with a 35-24 win over Stanfield here Friday.The TigerScots finish at 3-11 in the Blue Mountain Conference, and 4-20 overall.

Whitman women beat PLU Friday night, 72-53

Hilary White scores 24 points and nabs nine rebounds as the Missionaries pull within a game of Whitworth.

WALLA WALLA — Whitman's Hilary White scored 24 points and nine boards to lead the Missionaries to a 72-53 win over Pacific Lutheran in Northwest Conference victory here at George Ball Court on Whitman College campus Friday night.

Sluggish Irish overcome Bulldog boys

DeSales' boys trail Dayton at halftime, but a third-quarter spurt keys the 49-44 victory as the Irish take the SE 2B South's fourth seed to the district tournament.

DAYTON — DeSales overcame a sluggish 15-point first half and a four-point halftime deficit to do away with Dayton, 49-44, and claim the boys Southeast 2B Southern Division's fourth district basketball playoff spot. Dayton, meanwhile, fell into a loser-out

Missionaries roll past Pacific Lutheran

Five Whitman players score in double figures as the Missionaries lead wire-to-wire in the 87-75 NWC victory Friday night.

WALLA WALLA — Five Whitman men players scored in double figures as the Missionaries rolled to a 87-75 victory over Pacific Lutheran at Sherwood Center Friday night. The Missionaries led the entire game. The lead dropped to as low as five and swelled to as

DeSales survives stubborn Dayton

Caitlin Duncan's 27 points and 10 rebounds leads the Irish to the regular-season-ending 63-53 win Friday night.

DAYTON — DeSales survived a stubborn Dayton squad and two second-half rallies to win a foul-plagued Southeast B Southern Division girls basketball game that saw four Dayton starters foul out, and DeSales take 31 foul shots in the second half. The Irish to

Snowpack down, worries up as spring nears

But Walla Walla and College Place are in good shape to weather a dry year because of wells and water storage.

WALLA WALLA - As the state's snowpacks shrink, water worries are on the rise.

Series explains issues about plan to repair infrastructure

According to the Walla Walla's Infrastructure Sustainability Plan, 'Walla Walla is facing a systematic and simultaneous failure of three critical infrastructure systems: water, sewer and streets.”It isn't a new threat, but one that has steadily grown over

Winery's sensory class teaches how to taste

WALLA WALLA — The basics of taste — sour, sweet and bitter, minus the salt, but add viscosity — were taught at Forgeron Cellars on Saturday afternoon, at what Marie-Eve Gilla likes to call an entry-level class on the senses and wine.'The whole idea is to

Another local team heads to Haiti

Three team members will return on Feb. 23, while the remaining seven will stay through March 1.

COLLEGE PLACE — A second team of aid workers from the region is now en route to Haiti, where members will spend 10-14 days helping earthquake victims.'I guess I kind of have a missionary mind and I wanted to reach out and help people for a long time and t


Court report

Road project to close 13th Avenue

The work is expected to last six to eight weeks.

WALLA WALLA — An extensive improvement project on 13th Avenue will close the street between Cherry Street and Dell Avenue later this month.The project is scheduled to start Feb. 22 and will last six to eight weeks, said Melissa Warner of the city Public W

Port plots strategy for former Boise land

The Port considers the land to be prime industrial property with easy access to rail, barge and highway.

WALLULA — The evolution of a cottonwood farm into an industrial development begins its long journey here with a final harvest, Port of Walla Walla officials say.Boise Inc. begins a two-year harvest of the remaining trees from the 1,900-acre property it so


Columbia County



Milton-Freewater opens its homes to 44 youth exchange students


The population of Milton-Freewater swelled Feb. 4 with the influx of 44 Rotary Youth Exchange Students visiting from around the world.Members of the Milton-Freewater Rotary Club and others with children in Milton-Freewater schools provided homes for the y

Daren Lindley to preach at Grace Christian Center

WALLA WALLA — Grace Christian Center, 49 Wallula Ave., Ste A., will enjoy the preaching of Daren Lindley at 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Lindley has been speaking across the United States since 1986. He is known for his style, a mixture of standup

New Hope hosts Christian singles group Thursday

WALLA WALLA — New Hope Christian Church will host a Christian singles group from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Central Christian Church, 66 S. Palouse St. Child care is available. For details, call Ken Mayberry at 509-529-5522.

Christian Women's Connection lunch Wednesday

DAYTON — Christian Women's Connection's luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Seneca Building. The cost is $9. Baby-sitting is available. For reservations, call Judy Jackson, 509-399-2005.

Walla Walla Healing Rooms open for prayer Wednesday

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Healing Rooms will be open for prayer from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pioneer House, 1018 Whitman St. For details, call Nelda Ocanaz at 509-301-4998, or go online to .

First Congregational LGBT Film Series to be on Monday

WALLA WALLA — First Congregational Church-UCC, 73 S. Palouse St., will hold the third in its LGBT Film Series at 7 p.m. Monday. For details, call 509-525-8735.

Mass will be celebrated in Latin at St. Patrick today

WALLA WALLA — Extraordinary Form of the Latin Mass will be held at 5 p.m. today at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 425 W. Alder St. For details, call Michelle, 522-1029.

Unity Church of Peace plans healing circle this afternoon

WALLA WALLA — Unity Church of Peace, 810 C St., will have a Reiki healing circle from 3-5 p.m. today. For details, call Joy Kachel, 509-529-1048.


Course on Quakerism begins today at Whitman College

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Friends will offer a course on Quakerism beginning at 9 a.m. today and each Sunday through March 7. Meetings will be in Olin Hall Faculty Lounge at Whitman College. Each class will be followed by a traditional, silent meeting at

St. Valentine: True love is sacrificial

Travis had his head down, making engine noises as he moved his earth mover across the porch. Erin sashayed up to him in her dress-up gown, accessorized with one of mom's old hats, and high-heeled shoes. She swished her dress as she turned her back to Trav


Curtis and Janet Long announce the engagement of their daughter, Alice May Long, to Zachary David Knotts. All are of Walla Walla.The bride-elect graduated in 2001 from Walla Walla Valley Academy, College Place, and in 2005 from George Fox University, Newb


Graduated:Army Pvt. James A. Yancey, from nine-week basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

Senior centers

Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Activities offered daily at The Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave., include pool and cards from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A complete listing of current center activities, classes and health and welfare programs may be found in the center's monthly newsletter. Th

Small changes can add up to big weight loss

Whether you want to lose or gain weight, it's all about the calories, experts say.

It's early in the new year and maybe weight management is on your list of priorities. Start by assessing where you are. Do you need to keep weight on, or shed some pounds? Local experts said it's all about the calories. To add a pound, you need to take in

Blue Devil cheerleaders encourage the spirit of youth

The morning's work could be summed up like this: Be as loud as possible, squeeze in plenty of jumping and clapping and cheer with all your heart. And of course, don't forget to smile.The 50 participants of the latest Walla Walla High School Cheer Camp rec

New chairman of defense spending will benefit Northwest

Rep. Norm Dicks is more familiar with military suppliers from this region. However, we would hope he puts military need above politics.

The death of U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Penn., puts Washington state at the head of the military buffet line. It means Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., is in line to become chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees military spending.The chairman of that sub

Our readers' opinions

Discussion of siltation was clear

Friday, February 12

Della 'Peggy” Marley

December 4, 1911 ~ February 9, 2010

Call by fake Coach not on the level

I just got a very interesting phone call from a man claiming to be Coach from the Combat Veterans International asking for donations.

Julie Child contest is a hit

The lady who wore pearls in the kitchen with the attitude "there are no mistakes" and brought French cooking to the United States, specifically to Walla Walla, on Feb. 5 was a joy.

Etcetera - 02/12/10

The Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force honored Berney Elementary and Walla Walla High School representatives during the task force's annual awards luncheon at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.

Valentine's Day Tips - Dessert

Ideas and tips for Valentine's flowers, treats, wine, dinner and dessert. Part 5 of 5.

Valentine's Day might be in the running with Thanksgiving for Day of Least Caring About Nutrition, so why not go whole hog with dessert.To really cast your cares to the wind, a flourless chocolate cake takes the, uh, cake.Sugar, eggs, chocolate and a smid

Liberty offers free tax prep to clients with presidential surnames

Do you share a last name with a past president?If so, Liberty Tax Service wants to liberate you from tax preparation fees.In commemoration of President's Day, the Walla Walla franchise is offering free tax preparation at its three locations Monday to anyo

Lawmakers err in suspending all of I-960

The public should be informed when legislators are imposing higher taxes and fees.

The Democrats who control the state Legislature were in a dither on Wednesday when they discovered they approved the wrong version of legislation aimed at suspending Initiative 960.

Nels Hadden is home at last

Nels Hadden, hit by a car on Interstate 84 in January 2009, returned at long last Thursday to the Walla Walla Valley.

There were some people who thought a homecoming might never arrive for Nels Hadden.Including, once or twice, Nels Hadden.Hadden, 47, returned here this week, his first time to touch Valley soil in nearly 13 months.On Jan. 26, 2009, Hadden was struck by a

Deputy fire chief headed to Haiti

DAYTON -- Columbia County Fire District 3 Deputy Chief Kris Darby leaves Sunday morning to spend 10 days in Haiti to help provide emergency medical care for people affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake.

Waitsburg mayor to offer 'State of City' address

WAITSBURG -- Mayor Markeeta Little Wolf will deliver a "State of the City" address Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Lions Club Building at the Waitsburg Fairgrounds.

Watershed Council announces Oregon Arbor Poster Contest

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council's announced today the 2010 Oregon Arbor Poster Contest to help local children and teachers gain awareness of Oregon's trees and their importance to the well being of our watershed.

Cooper Kellen Pumphrey

To Scott and Hillary Pumphrey, Touchet, a son, Cooper Kellen Pumphrey, 7 pounds 1 ounce, Feb. 5, 2010.

In the minutes - Pomeroy School Board

Pomeroy School District Board members are Paul Ruark, Lori Slaybaugh, Steve Carlson, Bart Gingerich, and Ed Sullivan. With all present Wednesday the board:

In the minutes - Port of Columbia

Port of Columbia commissioners are Lawrence Turner, Gene Warren and Dale McKinley. With all Warren absent Wednesday commissioners:

Emergency Services - 02/12/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Waitsburg-Prescott boys win battle with Knights

W-P and WWVA duke it out for the second seed to district out of the SE 2B, with the home team taking the 71-61 victory.

WAITSBURG — The battle for the Southeast 2B Southern Division's second seed to the district playoffs came down to whether Waitsburg-Prescott would repeat its recent fourth-quarter failures or break out the big shots and finally put away its opponents.Wait

Wa-Hi grapplers head to regional tourney

The Blue Devils take different philosophies into Saturday's tournament as they try to advance to state.

WALLA WALLA — There are a couple different ways for Wa-Hi's four wrestlers advancing to the Region IV Class 4A wrestling championships to approach the tournament at Richland High Saturday.'I'm going in there to win it,” Eric Eastman, the state's sixth-ran

Indians bomb away on Colton's Wildcats

Touchet's boys shoot 70 percent from beyond the arc as they hand Colton the 70-54 district playoff defeat Thursday.

TOUCHET — Touchet's boys shot a scorching 70 percent from beyond the 3-point arc as the Indians awakened from a slow first quarter to down Colton, 70-54, in the first round of the Southeast 1B District playoffs Thursday night.'I've never seen that done (t

17th annual Walla Walla YMCA Shootout slated this weekend

WALLA WALLA — The 17th annual Walla Walla YMCA Shootout is slated at seven area venues this weekend.The tournament, for boys and girls teams with players from fifth through eighth grades, begins tonight at 5:30 p.m., continues with games beginning from 8

Pomeroy aims to have at least 10 Pirates qualify for Mat Class XXII

Pomeroy coach Derek Shawley says 10 of his wrestlers have an excellent chance to advance to state.

POMEROY — District champs Klyntin Bott, Tory Knebel and Scott Wolf lead a 17-man contingent of Pomeroy wrestlers to the Class B Regional wrestling tournament at Kittitas today and Saturday.

Waitsburg-Prescott girls secure third seed to district

W-P uses a second-quarter run to open up a lead over WWVA, and coasts to the 64-29 victory to finish the regular season.

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott clinched the Southeast Southern Division's third seed for the Southeast 2B District tournament and a trip to second-seed Tekoa-Oakesdale of the North by laying a 35-point defeat Walla Walla Valley Academy, 64-29, in girls ba

Connell hands Coyote girls first SCC East loss, 56-47

CONNELL — After leading at halftime, Columbia-Burbank suffered its first South Central Conference East los, 56-47, to Connell here Thursday.

Pioneer 5K Fun Run & Walk sponsors sought

MILTON-FREEWATER — Saager's Shoe Shop is organizing the second annual Pioneer 5K Fun Run & Walk on June 12.All proceeds from the event go to the Mac-Hi Athletic Department to help pay for equipment, travel, etc. Last year, 57 runners from the Northwest re

Whitman falls in extra innings in baseball opener

ANTHEM, Ariz. — A 7-2 lead after three innings slipped away as Whitman College opened its baseball season with an 11-9 11-inning loss to Whittier College here at the Arizona Desert Classic.Whittier, which opened its season this past week with three losses

Warriors to have youth softball camps Feb. 21

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College's softball team is having camps for two age groups on Feb. 21.The first session for ages 6-12 will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with ages 13-18 meeting from 2-6 p.m., at the team's hitting facility at the corner of

Thursday, February 11

Walla Walla Symphony, Eugene Ballet Company to hold 'Sleeping Beauty' tryouts

The Walla Walla Symphony and The Eugene Ballet Company will hold auditions for student dancers for "Sleeping Beauty" at noon Feb. 20 at The Dance Center, 129 E. Alder, Suite B. The registration fee is $5.Parts for the show include: Fairy Pages, female onl

Whitman Symphony Winter Concert Feb. 21

Whitman College will present the Whitman Symphony Winter Concert, conducted by Edward Dixon, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in Cordiner Hall, 46 S. Park St.The concert will feature the "Symphony No. 8 in G" by Dvorak and Concerto Aria winner Elizabeth Linxwiler on

Tamàstslikt Cultural Institute will screen documentary on American Indian athlete

PENDLETON -- Tamàstslikt Cultural Institute, 72789 Highway 331, will screen the film documentary "Jim Thorpe, The World's Greatest Athlete" at 1 p.m. Feb. 20. Admission is free.The film chronicles the story of Jim Thorpe, the American Indian from Oklahoma

Fiddle virtuoso to perform in Pendleton

PENDLETON -- Nashville fiddler Barbara Lamb will perform an all-ages solo concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St. Tickets are now on sale for the show.Lamb has toured or performed with k.d. lang, western swing band

Wasteland Kings to perform at Hamley's Slickfork Saloon

PENDLETON -- It's Valentine's Day weekend, and you might as well get your heart pumping, say the folks at Hamley's Slickfork Saloon.The band will play at 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday in the restaurant at 30 N.E. Court St.Take a full dose of Americana, add

Applications for Diversity Day vendors available

Vendor applications are now available for the 17th annual Diversity Day Multicultural Arts Festival slated for 11 a.m.-dusk June 20 in Pioneer Park. The festival is organized by the Walla Walla Diversity Coalition.Booth space is available to all groups, o

Auditions to be held for TVAC production 'The Waiting Room'

Touchet Valley Arts Council productions will hold auditions for the play "The Waiting Room" 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Dayton Liberty Theater Annex, 344 E. Main St. The first all-cast meeting and read-through will also be at that time.The play will be perfor

Adams Day organizers seek crafters, vendors

ADAMS, Ore. -- Organizers of the annual Adams Day event are accepting reservations for crafters and vendors. The daylong event will be April 17.Adams Day is centered around the opening day of Triangle Little League Baseball season. Events include a breakf

Student One-Act Play Contest continues at Whitman

The annual Whitman College Student One-Act Play Contest continues this weekend with three student plays presented on the Harper Joy Theater's Freimann stage, on the Whitman College campus.Evening performances are 8 tonight, Friday and Saturday, with matin

'Sweet Land of Liberty' a patriotic celebration

The Walla Walla Symphony's "Sweet Land of Liberty" concert will honor many American musical traditions.As Black Heritage Month and the month of President Lincoln's birth, February is an opportune time for patriotic celebration, Yaacov Bergman, symphony co

Little Theatre of Walla Walla Stages 'Exit the Body'

The Little Theatre's upcoming production of the farcical mystery 'Exit the Body,” by Frank Carmichael, features something for everyone: jewel thieves, deception, miscommunication and even a case of trading spouses.The show runs Friday and Saturday and Feb

Frieda S. Beckel

July 10, 1939 - February 8, 2010

Della Marley

Dec. 4, 1911 - Feb. 9, 2010

WALLA WALLA — Peggy Marley, 98, died Feb. 9, 2010, at her home.Arrangements are pending at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla.

Alvira Johnstone

Oct. 28, 1916 - Feb. 9, 2010

COLLEGE PLACE — Alvira R. Johnstone, 93, died Feb. 9, 2010, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center, 1701 Plaza Way, Walla Walla. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are pending at Mountain View-Colonial DeWi

Earlene Hammond

Nov. 4, 1917 – Feb. 5, 2010

A graveside service will be held Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at the Starbuck Cemetery with Pastor Dave McIlroy officiating. Hubbard–Rogg Funeral Home, 111 S. Second St., Dayton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Red Monkey expands menu

The Red Monkey Downtown Lounge is building up its menu.The Alder Street lounge opened its doors last October with a menu owner Juston Watson describes as "basic comfort food with flair."Now that the dust has settled, Watson said, the staff has expanded th

President's Day closures

The President's Day holiday is Monday. The following closures or special hours or days of service will be in effect.

Court Report - Superior Court

Cisco A. Gonzalez, 14, 416 E. Cedar St., was sentenced Feb. 5 on one count disorderly conduct. The sentence included 30 days in the Juvenile Justice Center, 12 months community supervision, 40 hours community service, $100 to crime victims compensation f

In the minutes - Waitsburg School Board

Members of the Waitsburg School Board are Ross Hamann, Marilyn Johnson, Terry Jacoy, Randy Pearson and Greg Zuger. With all present Wednesday the board:

In the minutes - Weston Council

Members of the council are Bill Boyd, Chet Mills, and Dennis Snider. One seat is vacant. Mayor is Duane Thul. With all present Wednesday the council:

In the minutes - Walla Walla Council

Walla Walla City Council members are Jim Barrow, Conrado Cavazos, Jerry Cummins, Dominick Elia, Shane Laib, Fred Mitchell and Mayor Barbara Clark. With all present Wednesday, the Council:

In the minutes - Starbuck Council

Members of the Starbuck City Council are Katherine Shearer, Veronica McCoy, Keith Wharton, Richard Ells, and Fred White. Mayor is Darcy Linklater. With White absent Tuesday the council:

In the minutes - Pomeroy Council

Pomeroy City Council members are Dennis Gillis, James Fuchs, Michael Akers and Donna Hunt. One seat is vacant. Mayor is Alan Gould. With all present Tuesday the council:

In the minutes - Port of Walla Walla

Port of Walla Walla commissioners are Paul Schneidmiller, Mike Fredrickson and Ron Dunning. With Schneidmiller absent from Wednesday's meeting, the commission:

Emergency Services - 02/11/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Boy Scouts ring in hundred years in Walla Walla area

The local troop's focus on service includes a food drive planned for Saturday.

WALLA WALLA - Although the wind whipped overhead and a dark sky threatened rain, Wednesday was a fine day to be a Boy Scout.Gathered at Land Title Plaza, Troop 305 of the Blue Mountain Council presented a flag color guard and recited the Boy Scout pledge

Walla Walla High School students raise about $5,000 for Haiti relief efforts

WALLA WALLA -- A student-led effort to raise funds for victims of Haiti's massive Jan. 12 earthquake has netted nearly $5,000.The vast majority of the "Hope for Haiti" drive, coordinated by Walla Walla High School students, was raised Saturday during the

Students to show documentaries Friday night at Wa-Hi

WALLA WALLA -- Students from Garrison and Pioneer middle schools who competed in a C-Span student documentary contest will present their works during a public showing Friday night at Walla Walla High School.The students were tasked with creating documenta

College Place teen arrested in attack on trucker

The teenager was taken into custody Wednesday on investigation of several crimes, including two felonies.

WALLA WALLA -- A College Place youth has been arrested in connection with an attack on a commercial truck driver behind JoAnn Fabric and Craft earlier this month, police said.The 16-year-old boy was taken into custody Wednesday at Lincoln Alternative High

On the agenda - Athena Council

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.Where: City Hall, 215 S. Third

Ruling on school funding puts onus on lawmakers

A Superior Court judge's ruling, which says the state isn't meeting its financial obligation to schools, isn't clear as to what direction officials must take next.

Last week King County Superior Court Judge John Erlick stated the obvious in ruling that Washington state does not provide enough money to run its public schools. The fact that local levies are necessary to supplement school funding illustrates that point

Alyene Hawes

July 8, 1933 - Feb. 2, 2010

Joann Snell

April 24, 1920 - Feb. 9, 2010

James Robert McKay

Jan. 23,1918 - Feb. 7, 2010

No slam dunks for Whitman women's tennis side

The Missionary women don't expect any easy matches en route to their goal of winning the NWC championship as the season opens Friday.

WALLA WALLA — Slam dunks in women's tennis?In a literal sense, of course, there is no such thing.And as Whitman College women's tennis coach John Hein scans the Northwest Conference landscape for possible victories this spring, there are no figurative sla

Sumerlin tabbed for spot in the East-West football game

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi senior Zach Sumerlin, a two-time Big Nine Conference Cascade Division Offensive Lineman of the Year, has been invited to play in the Washington state East-West Shrine football game in June.

Wa-Hi boys, girls to open district playoff Saturday at home

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's boys and girls begin their WIAA District 5 basketball playoffs Saturday at the Blue Devils' gym.The Wa-Hi girls play Moses Lake with a 6 p.m. tipoff.The Wa-Hi boys play Kennewick with an 8 p.m. start.

Warrior women top Yakima Valley, now tied for first in Eastern Region standings

WWCC snaps Yakima Valley's 26-game NWAACC Eastern Region win streak, and pull even with the Yaks atop the division with the win.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College pulled into a first-place tie with Yakima Valley atop the NWAACC Eastern Region women's basketball standings following a 66-59 victory over the Yaks in the Dietrich Dome.The Warriors broke out to a 21-5 lead in

Warrior men get the best of YVC, move into sole possession of third place in Eastern Region

The Warrior men take over sole possession of third in the division with the 87-76 victory.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College's men's basketball team moved into sole possession of third place and only a half-game out of first in the NWAACC Eastern Region Wednesday night with an 87-76 victory over Yakima Valley at the Dietrich Dome.The

Touchet Indians girls basketball team lose close game to Lacrosse-Washtucna Tigercats

TOUCHET — The Touchet Indians girls basketball team fell to the Lacrosse-Washtucna Tigercats in a closely contested game, 46-44 in overtime, here Wednesday night in the first round of the district playoffs.Zoe Weaver scored a team-high 11 points and Emily

Football's over, so let's play baseball

WALLA WALLA — I've always looked forward to Super Bowl Sunday.It's a red-letter day for me, very much like the shortest day of the year. That's the winter solstice — Dec. 22 in the northern hemisphere — when the sun is farthest south and the length of tim

Meeting on sewer treatment plant proposal canceled

BURBANK — A meeting today on a proposal by the Port of Walla Walla to build a sewer treatment plant here has been canceled.The meeting, which was supposed to start at 10 a.m. at the Fire District 5 station, will be rescheduled as soon as possible, said Mi

Valentine's Day Tips - Dinner

Ideas and tips for Valentine's flowers, treats, wine, dinner and dessert. Part 4 of 5.

If you want to make a big splash with a fancy Valentine's Day dinner that won't set you back too much in time or money, here is a one-dish idea: Manicotti pomodori e gambero, which is just a fancy way to say shrimp and tomato pasta.But the name fits becau

Washington state snowpack down, worries up

But Walla Walla and College Place are in good shape to weather a dry year because of wells and water storage.

WALLA WALLA — As the state's snowpacks shrink, water worries are on the rise.Warmer and drier conditions over the past month continue to shrink snowpacks across the state, said Scott Pattee, water supply specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation

Umatilla County commissioner to seek second term

Larry Givens of Umapine has announced plans to run for the county board again.

PENDLETON — Umatilla County Commissioner Larry Givens has announced he intends to seek a second term in office.Givens said Wednesday he will be filing his candidacy with the county elections office before the end of this week. Although the deadline to fil

Milton-Freewater water board re-forms

Manford Anliker, Brad Humbert, Sam Hubbard and Roger Cosner will now be responsible for maintenance and repair of levees along the Walla Walla River.

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Water Control District board is back in business.Umatilla County Commissioners on Tuesday appointed four applicants to form a new board for the district. The group will be formally seated later this month, said Comm

Wednesday, February 10

In the minutes - Milton-Freewater SCHOOL BOARD

Board members are Don Miller, chair; Duane Geyer, vice-chair; Dennis Burks, George Gillette, Sharee LaRue-Wright, Tim McElrath and Ken Sloan. With all present Tuesday, the board:

In the minutes - A-W SCHOOL BOARD

Board members are Trenda Nichols, Duane Beers, Duane Smalley, Preston Winn, Sterling Allen, J.R. Lieuallen and Rod Bonifer. With Winn and Lieuallen absent Monday, the board:

In the minutes - DIXIE SCHOOL BOARD

Members of the Dixie School Board are Javin Berg, Debra Tiner, Richard Berrier, Kelly Dabulskis and Gene Wilks. With Berrier and Berg absent Monday the board:

In the minutes - College Place Council

College Place City Council members are Mayor Rick Newby, William Jenkins, Alexander Scott, Marge Nyhagen, Bernie Yanke, Larry Dickerson, Steve Dickerson and Scott Duncan. Alexander was absent. The council voted as follows at its Monday meeting:

Cost of living in Walla Walla too high

You have a calculated way of passing bond issues over the last several years.

Camryo Jade Propeck

To Ashley and Jerrod Propeck, Milton Freewater, a daughter, Camryo Jade Propeck, 9 pounds, Feb. 8, 2010.

Emergency Services - 02/10/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

A view from above at Olive

The newly opened Olive Marketplace and Cafe continues the Merchants tradition of offering a perch from which to people watch.

Creatures of the bleachers

Two young boys hide near the top of the bleachers in the Walla Walla High School gym Tuesday night during the girl's basketball game against West Valley. The boys crawled along their bellies between the rows of seats playing a near invisible game while mo

Ermina Isabel Chabre

November 24, 1925 ~ February 7, 2010

Wallace Holderman

March 16, 1938 - Feb. 6, 2010

Rosamond Anderson

Feb. 15, 1915 - Feb. 4, 2010

Russell Hardin

July 16, 1929 - Feb. 3, 2010

Valley Transit tax wins big

WALLA WALLA — Valley Transit buses will cruise into the future with no major cuts to service after voters threw their support behind a new sales tax Tuesday.Voters approved a new three-tenths of 1 percent sales tax for Valley Transit in what Auditor Karen

Etcetera - 02/10/10

The Little Theatre of Walla Walla lost two dedicated supporters with the deaths of longtime house manager Henry Pope in November 2009 and Bill McCaw on Jan. 2. The theater's January issue of the Informer notes that Henry, a generous, gracious fellow brim

Voters show compassion in support for Valley Transit

Supporters of the bus service did a masterful job of explaining to the public why the additional funding was necessary.

Wow!Local voters didn't just embrace the Valley Transit bus system on Tuesday, they gave it a big ol' bear hug.And, in doing so, the people of this Valley showed they are compassionate and caring. More than 76 percent of voters favored raising the sales t

Meeting set on proposed Burbank sewer treatment plant

BURBANK -- A proposal by the Port of Walla Walla to build a sewer treatment plant here will be the subject of a meeting Thursday.Port officials will meet with state Department of Ecology representatives at 10 a.m. at the Walla Walla County Fire District 5

Whitman College's annual one-act play contest puts creativity at fore

Whitman College's tradition of student one-act plays continues starting tonight at the college.

WALLA WALLA - This week, three Whitman College playwrights, three student directors and 14 actors will compete for the top prize in the 21st annual One-Act Play Contest at Harper Joy Theatre. Every year students are invited to submit original plays for th

Walla Walla-area levies pass handily

The only measure that appears in doubt is a bond proposal that would remodel a Pomeroy school.

All school local school maintenance and operation levies appear to have passed, along with the Columbia County Hospital District's levy request for funds to keep patient records electronically.The only issue seemingly undecided is the Pomeroy School Distr

Valentine's Day Tips - Wine

Ideas and tips for Valentine's flowers, treats, wine, dinner and dessert. Part 3 of 5.

A bold Syrah, or refreshing white, sparkling or dessert wine, might be just the right touch to compliment a romantic Valentine's dinner.Local wine blogger Catie McIntyre Walker says many state wineries have built themes around "sexy Syrahs," often with a

Blue Mountain Humane Society offers pet treats for Valentine's Day

Don't forget to show some love to those four-legged friends this Valentine's Day.Volunteers from the Blue Mountain Humane Society will offer red-boxed valentines for furry loved ones.On Friday and Saturday volunteers will be next to Bright's Candies on Ma

An adventure to Wallowa Lake and back, in a FOG

An oppressive fog makes for unique scenes and photos on the trip.

I rolled out of Walla Walla in a fog.An external fog, actually, that lay on the bright, moist streets like a chilly gray cloud. Buildings along the way became vague, dark shapes in the mist.Yet, a mile up Highway 204, after leaving Winn Road, I drove bene

Knights' big fourth quarter downs DeSales

WALLA WALLA — DeSales enjoyed a 50-43 lead headed into the final eight minutes against Walla Walla Valley Academy in the Irish gym Tuesday night.But the Knights took advantage of some missed DeSales shots, and rallied for the Southeast B District boys vic

DeSales girls win seventh in a row, clinch No. 2 spot seed into playoffs

WALLA WALLA — DeSales jumped out fast on the way to a 58-35 girl's Southeast B South Division basketball victory over Walla Walla Valley Academy here Tuesday.

Thul almost reaches triple-double in Weston-McEwen's win over Elgin

ELGIN — Miles Thul came within one steal of recording a triple-double in Weston-McEwen's 69-51 Blue Mountain Conference boys basketball victory over Elgin here Tuesday.This win gives the TigerScots an 11-2 conference record and a ticket to the district pl

Burbank run SCC East record to 11-0 with win over River View

BURBANK — Columbia-Burbank's girls ran their South Central Conference East Division record to 11-0 with a 62-46 victory over River View here on Tuesday,The win clinches the No. 1 seed into the playoffs from the East for the 18-1 Coyotes.

Fundraiser set for Wolves' trip to NAIA tournament

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University's men's basketball team has been invited to participate in a conference tournament for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Playoffs and championship games are scheduled for Feb. 27-28 at Joh

Wa-Hi's boys finish first in Big Nine Conference Cascade Division hoops race

Wa-Hi's boys clinch the Big Nine Cascade crown, but set their sights higher in the postseason.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi knocked off West Valley 63-47 in a regular season-ending Big Nine Conference Cascade Division game that clinched the division crown.

Rams get within one, but Wa-Hi girls fight them off for the win

West Valley pulls within one point headed into the fourth quarter, but the Blue Devil seniors celebrate with the 47-39 victory.

Jamie Weisner and Vicki Reardon combined to score all 17 of Wa-Hi's fourth quarter points. West Valley was within 30-29 to open the fourth before Weisner and Reardon went to work to lead the Blue Devils to a 47-39 victory.

Tuesday, February 9

Valentine of Year award goes to friend at church

I think God gave us Jerry because he knew we'd need a man to spoil us."Another gem from the lips of the littlest child floated past me once again in the bathroom last week. It is amazing how many conversations take place at our house in the main powder ro

Like mother, like daughter: Woman relives past

Dear Mom:My 15-year-old daughter won't talk to me anymore. We used to be able to talk about things, but now not at all. It's like an invisible wall has sprung up between us and I keep bashing into it like disoriented bird. She doesn't seem happy, she i

Two more Walla Walla-area homes suffer door damage

WALLA WALLA - Two more homes have sustained damage to their front doors following suspected prowls, according to reports.A home in the 1000 block of Southview Drive in Walla Walla was listed as having its front door and casing damaged overnight Monday. A

Man to be detained indefinitely as sex predator

A civil jury ruled Calvin J. Mines is a sexually violent predator and that he should be held until, if ever, his condition improves.

WALLA WALLA -- A Superior Court jury has determined that a man who assaulted a girl here in the late 1960s with the intent to rape her is a sexually violent predator.The verdict in the civil commitment case against Calvin J. Mines was reached Tuesday afte

Sweet ideas for your sweetheart

Looking for Valentine's Day ideas? A variety of local businesses would love to offer their services.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Jovanni B. Guzman, 30, 405 N. Third Ave., was charged Feb. 4 with third-degree rape of a child. Guzman is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a girl who was 14 or 15 years old between Feb. 2 and 3.

In the minutes - DAYTON COUNCIL

Members of the City Council are Christine Broughton, Kathy Berg, Merle Jackson, Terry Herrin, Micki Varney, Charlie Button and Bill Graham. Mayor is Craig George. With Jackson and Graham absent Monday the council:

In the minutes - Garfield County

Garfield County commissioners are Dean Burton, Wynne McCabe and Robert Johnson. With all present Monday commissioners:

In the minutes - WALLA WALLA COUNTY

Walla Walla County Commissioners are Greg Tompkins, Perry Dozier and Gregg Loney. Dozier was absent. Commissioners voted as follows at their Monday meeting:

On the agenda - Port of Columbia

When: Wednesday, 10 a.m.Where: Port Office, 1 Port Way, Dayton

On the agenda - Weston Council

When: Thursday, 6 p.m.Where: W-A Memorial Hall, 210 E. Main

On the agenda - Waitsburg School Board

When: Wednesday, 8 p.m. Where: Preston Hall

On the agenda - Port of Walla Walla

When: Wednesday, 1 p.m., after noon work session.Where: Regular session at the Port office, 310 A St.; work session at Caravaggio.

On the agenda - Walla Walla Council

When: Wednesday 7 p.m.Where: 15 N. Third Ave.

Emergency Services - 02/09/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim


When: Wednesday, 6 p.m. Where: Shepherd Education Center

Yes, make prisoners support themselves

Amen to Roberta Hutchins who suggests we make prisons self supporting!

Who's watching you?

Our youngest grandson had a ruptured appendix a couple of years ago and we flew to Dallas figuring we could worry just as well at the hospital as at home.

Gutting I-960 is wrong move to deal with fiscal crisis

Yet, it looks as if lawmakers will try to make long-term changes to the voter-approved restrictions on raising taxes.

It now looks almost certain the state Legislature will raise taxes to cover a portion of the $2.6 billion hole in the state budget.


With a cold, blue pre-dawn sky hovering above, a lone jogger basks in the inner glow of a warm winter run at the Ace of Clubs gym as she makes her rounds on the upper level running track Tuesday morning. Depending on the outcome of the Valley Transit vote today, the number of people using their legs for getting from place to place could change.

Etcetera - 02/09/10

Those of you not in the know are about to be: Free tax help is available at The Center at the Park, according to the February issue of The Bottom Line. AARP/IRS income tax counselors are available through April 15 at the senior center, 720 Sprague Ave.

Milton-Freewater Hollywood Video to close

The store is closing as part of a bankruptcy reorganization by parent company Movie Gallery Inc., according to the corporation's Web site.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- It's a wrap for Hollywood Video.The video rental operation on Columbia Avenue is closing its doors as part of a bankruptcy reorganization by parent company Movie Gallery Inc., according to the corporation's Web site.The local store is

Foundation awards grant to Milton-Freewater alternative high school

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Pleasant View Alternative High School recently received a $4,000 grant from the Blue Mountain Community Foundation.This is the second year that the alternative school has earned the grant, which will go to a school project. Last year,

Milton-Freewater students win Watershed Council art contest

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Central Middle School students in Jennifer Hegdal's seventh- and eighth-grade art classes were the winners of the Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council calendar design contest.The Watershed Council used the young artists' artwork for its

Applications sought for agriculture scholarship

WALLA WALLA -- Applications for the Jim Kibler Ag Scholarship for the 2010-11 school year are being accepted through March 1, according to a news release. Application forms are available from Blue Mountain Community Foundation, 8 S. Second Ave., Suite 618

Seminar set on managing nonprofit board changes

WALLA WALLA -- A half-day seminar is being coordinated at Walla Walla Community College to help people learn how to manage change for non-profit boards.The seminar costs $45 and is scheduled for Feb. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It is geared to help bo

Routine business on agenda for Starbuck Council

STARBUCK -- The City Council meets today at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The only item on the agenda is routine business.

Valentine's Day Tips - Candy

Ideas and tips for Valentine's flowers, treats, wine, dinner and dessert. Part 2 of 5.

In case there was any doubt in your heart, chocolate is indeed the nation's favorite candy to give on Valentine's Day. It is elixir of love, food of the gods, sweet seduction. And while the national association makes a case for the health benefits of choc

Home seriously damaged in Sunday fire

WALLA WALLA -- A home was seriously damaged in a fire early Sunday, authorities said.Walla Walla County Fire District 4, assisted by College Place Fire Department, responded to the fire in the 4100 block of Old Milton Highway about 9:34 a.m. District 4 Ch

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers touches down for visit to Walla Walla

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' time in town included a trip to the local VA and meetings with community leaders.

WALLA WALLA -- U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers picked a good time to visit Walla Walla.Escaping Washington, D.C., before it was shut down by a massive snowstorm, McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., spent Wednesday visiting with community leaders about pending fed

Rogers Adventist School students raise thousands for Haiti

Bake sales and individual contributions brought in almost $3,900 for relief efforts.

COLLEGE PLACE -- Students at Rogers Adventist School have raised more than $3,800 in the past few weeks for relief in Haiti.Principal Jim Weller said several fundraising efforts, including two successful bake sales and individual contributions brought in

Whitman ushers in new era in Missionary baseball

Coach Jared Holowaty begins his first season in Arizona this week with low numbers and high hopes.

WALLA WALLA — Many decades after it was popularized by Abbott and Costello, the classic vaudeville comedy routine Who's on First? continues to bring smiles to the faces to baseball enthusiasts.All kidding aside, however, baseball fans flocking to Borleske

Failing's 29 points sparks WWVA boys' win over Gar-Pal

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla Valley Academy hit its stride in the second half on the way to rolling past Garfield-Palouse 69-53 in a Southeast B crossover game here Monday.

Walla Walla Valley Academy girls lose heartbreaker to Gar-Pal in OT

A 3-pointer at the buzzer sends the game into OT and the Vikings ride the momentum to victory.

COLLEGE PLACE — Garfield-Palouse's Lacee Hendrickson forced overtime with a last-second 3-pointer and Kacie Adair scored 10 of her game-high 25 points in the extra period as the Vikings defeated Walla Walla Valley Academy 42-35 in a girls Southeast B Dist

Walla Walla University men qualify for NAIA Division II tournament

WWU is one of four teams that will battle for a ticket to the NAIA Division II national tournament.

COLLEGE PLACE — The Walla Walla University men's basketball team has qualified for the Association of Independent Institutions Division II conference basketball championship tournament in Denver later this month.The tourney will take place Feb. 27-28.

Black-out The Dome IV set Wednesday at Walla Walla Community CollegeCC

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College's ASB and the Warrior Rumble are having 'Black-out The Dome IV” during the Warriors' men's and women's basketball games against Yakima Wednesday night.All fans are asked to wear black clothing for the NWAACC Eas

Two more Early Bird Little League signups set this week

WALLA WALLA — The second round of Early Bird signups for Pacific and Valley Little Leagues are set for this week.The first is scheduled for Wednesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and the second will be Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Both sessions are slated at Shopko.

The Natural

Walla Walla native Will Brandenburg took to the slopes when he was 11 months old and has never stopped skiing, all the way to the Winter Olympics.

WALLA WALLA — You hear it all the time.He was born to do this. She was born to do that.More often then not, observations like those are more exaggeration than point of fact.But in the case of Will Brandenburg — a Walla Walla native who will represent us a

Ski slopes right pick for former Little League top pick

WALLA WALLA — I always knew in my heart that Will Brandenburg was destined for big things.I just never had an inkling it would be as an Olympic alpine skier. Of course, back in 1996, when I made Will the No. 1 overall pick in the Pacific Little League bas

Monday, February 8

Edward Aliverti

July 28, 1932 - Feb. 3, 2010

Raymond Lee Pierce

July 3, 1929--December 10, 2009

Dorothy J. Lee

1920 – Dec. 28, 2009

Man pleads innocent in rape, kidnapping

WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded innocent Monday to charges stemming from a reported rape and kidnapping more than three years ago.Juan C. Villegas, 25, who lists an address in Fontana, Calif., is scheduled for trial March 15 in Walla Walla County Superior Co

Trial set in hit-and-run with pedestrian

WALLA WALLA - A pickup driver who allegedly left the scene after the vehicle struck a woman pedestrian at Fifth Avenue and Alder Street in October is scheduled to stand trial April 20 in Walla Walla County Superior Court.The trial date for Aminda Paez-Dia

Nathan Lacy

May 9, 1957 - Dec. 24, 2009

Richard Remus

Sept. 14, 1930 - Jan. 20, 2010

Donald Golden

Feb. 17, 1926 - Jan. 25, 2010

Disorder in families leads to prison

We are growing our future prison population. According to Chuck Colson, founder of the ministry Prison Fellowship, it's time to seriously consider some startling facts.

Why does mess remain at mall?

I am really sick and tired of looking at the mess at the Blue Mountain Mall.

On the agenda - M-F SCHOOL BOARD

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m. An executive session will be held immediately after the meeting.Where: McLoughlin High School music room, 120 S. Main St.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Humberto Salinas Jr., 23, 1432 Bonsella St., was charged Feb. 4 with second-degree burglary, third-degree theft, and possession of burglary tools.

Etcetera - 02/08/10

It's on. The Walla Walla High School Class of 2000, gearing up for its 10th reunion, is seeking addresses or contacts of classmates for the June 18-19 event. Those who can help, or who have information are encouraged to contact Bree Smith Hunt at 509-200

Four Blue Devils earn regional mat tickets

Eric Eastman at 131 pounds leads Wa-Hi's contingent after finishing second at the district meet.

PASCO -- Wa-Hi's Eric Eastman finished second and three teammates will join him at regionals in what was an otherwise disappointing performance here over the weekend at the Big Nine Conference's district wrestling tournament, according to Blue Devils coac

Emergency Services - 02/08/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Oswaldo Javier Robles

To Yolanda Navarrete and Manuel Lucio Robles, Walla Walla, a son, Oswaldo Javier Robles, 10 pounds 7 ounces, Feb. 3, 2010.

Emily Gutierrez Andrade

To Julieta Andrade Ibarra and Erasmo Gutierrez Rodriguez, Milton-Freewater, a daughter, Emily Gutierrez Andrade, 6 pounds and 14 ounces, Feb. 5, 2010.

Kennewick woman dies in Burbank wreck

BURBANK -- A Kennewick woman was killed this morning after her truck collided with a tree, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Oregonians shouldn't tinker with kicker tax rebates

The midst of a fiscal crisis isn't the right time to replace the kicker with an emergency savings account.

Oregon's unusual -- and popular -- "kicker" law is in the cross-hairs of Democrats in the state Legislature.

Three Walla Walla homes broken into

WALLA WALLA — At least three homes were prowled Sunday night after suspects kicked the front doors in, authorities said.The Walla Walla Police Department and Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office are each investigating cases that were reported starting at

G. Timothy Martin

Dec. 2, 1944 - Jan. 26, 2010

Joseph Bowman

Feb. 12, 1925 - Feb. 1, 2010

Walla Walla Community Center for Youth hires new director

Gary Lunden will have as a major task finding a permanent home for the organization.

WALLA WALLA -- Gary Lunden has been hired as the new executive director for the Community Center for Youth.Lunden brings a strong financial and business background to the job, blended with a passion to make a difference in the lives of local youths, said

Walla Walla High School debate team close to season wrap-up

Walla Walla High School's first year of competition has brought successes.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla High School's inaugural debate team prepares for its final competitions this weekend with recent strong victories.The team's third and last tournament in the regular season brought high praise and positive feedback for several t

Valentine's Day Tips - Flowers

Ideas and tips for flowers, treats, wine, dinner and dessert. Part 1 of 5.

Would-be romantics who want to woo their loved one this Valentine's Day, listen to an expert when it comes to flowers."It makes me feel very special and very loved," Lana Brown said about receiving flowers. She should know; for the last 27 of 28 valentine

Walla Walla hosts Father & Daughter Valentine Ball

The city's annual ball for fathers and daughters drew hundreds for dancing and contests.

WALLA WALLA -- It was perhaps the truest test of a man's strength, one that reached beyond muscle, sinew and bone, into the very depths of Brad Ostrander's heart, as he stepped out into the center of the gymnasium floor and tried to hold up for one last t

Photographers need to keep size, composition in mind

Inevitably the first two questions I get asked when teaching the vineyard photography class at Walla Walla Community College are, "how do I reduce my digital photographs and how can I compose my pictures better?"It was not so long ago that families bought

Waitsburg student behind WSU walkout

Jack Shultz helped organize a protest of perceived inequities in pending stage budget cuts.

PULLMAN -- Several hundred Washington State University students endured an icy breeze Thursday to assemble in protest of past and pending state budget cuts.Holding signs that decried high administrative salaries, tuition increases and the WSU student gove

Rain puts mild damper on enemy, but not spirits

As I headed down to the motor pool early this morning, I looked out to see the fog setting in over the mountains.The slow drizzle of rain that set in over the provinces that compose N2KL here in Afghanistan has been ongoing for the past few days.Once agai

Meetings set on Walla Walla infrastructure plan

Four public gatherings will address plans for replacing water and sewer pipes and city streets.

WALLA WALLA -- City officials have scheduled four public meetings to discuss the proposed Infrastructure Sustainability Plan, which if passed could increase water and sewer rates by more than 50 percent by the year 2015.The Infrastructure Sustainability P

AT&T rolls out 3G service in Walla Walla area

The improved data service is expected to be fully operational in the area later this year.

WALLA WALLA -- Local AT&T cell phone Internet customers now have access to 3G Internet service, as long as their phones support the new technology.Director of Operations Joe Padilla said the company started installing the new 3G tower transmitters early l

Sunday, February 7

Kennewick woman killed in collision with tree

BURBANK — A Kennewick woman was killed this morning after her truck collided with a tree, according to the Washington State Patrol.Tammy L. Johnson, 48, was pronounced dead at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco about 11:18 a.m., f

Tenacious Wa-Hi defense downs undefeated Chiawana girls

WALLA WALLA — There are no undefeated girls basketball teams remaining in the Big Nine Cascade Division.Chiawana came into Saturday's game against Wa-Hi with a 12-0 division record and fresh off a 62-37 division-clinching victory over West Valley Friday.T

Blue Devil boys move step closer to division title, clip Chiawana

WALLA WALLA — Michael Weisner scored 25, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out seven assists to lead Big Nine Conference Cascade Division-leading Wa-Hi to a 71-60 victory over Chiawana in boys high school basketball action Saturday night in the Blue Devil gy

Whitman women triumph over Pacific 71-55 in basketball Saturday night

FOREST GROVE, Ore. — With first-year guard Kelly Peterson erupting for 19 first-half points, the Whitman College women's basketball team jumped to a big early lead and rolled to a 71-55 Northwest Conference victory over Pacific here Saturday afternoon.

Whitman College men's basketball fall to Pacific Saturday night 81-64

FOREST GROVE, Ore. — Unable to recover from one 10-minute first-half stretch in which it was outscored 16-2, the Whitman College men's basketball team fell 81-64 to Pacific University Saturday night.Whitman, which had slipped past Pacific 93-89 last month

Warrior men knock off Chukars 103-92

ONTARIO, Ore. — Walla Walla connected on 56.9 percent of its shots from the floor, along with 50 percent from the 3-point line, in a 103-92 NWAACC East Regional men's basketball victory over Treasure Valley here Saturday.

Red-hot Warrior women down Chukars

ONTARIO — Kati Isham hit 5-of-7 from behind the arc and finished with 24 points to lead Walla Walla Community College to a 76-50 NWAACC East Region women's basketball win here Saturday.

Pomeroy wrestlers qualify all 18 players to regionals

RITZVILLE, Wash. — All 18 Pomeroy Pirate wrestlers qualified for regionals at the Class 1B/2B Southeast District tournament. A sixth-place finish was required to move on to regionals and there were eight teams with about 120 individual wrestlers at the di

Weston-McEwen girls win the little battles against Pilot Rock, lose the war

ATHENA — It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out a 22-point halftime deficit to the Pilot Rock Rockets is a tough hole to climb out of. Weston-McEwen's girls understood that, and instead focused on winning the little battles in the second half —

St.John-Endicott rolls past Touchet girls basketball Saturday 74-42

ST. JOHN, Wash. — Zoe Weaver scored 13 points, on 7-of-8 from the free throw line, but Touchet was pummeled 74-42 by St. John-Endicott here Saturday night in Southeast B District play.

Pomeroy's final four finish off Dayton, 56-51, in OT

POMEROY — The Pomeroy Pirate girls put the finishing touches on a 56-51 overtime victory over rival Dayton with just four players on the court here Saturday in a Southeast B cross-divisional girls basketball game.

Tekoa-Oakesdale tops Irish boys, 55-46

TEKOA — DeSales could not overcome a slow start Saturday after a long bus ride to Tekoa, and the result was a 55-46 loss to the Nighthawks in boys Southeast B basketball cross-divisional play.

Dayton goes big to beat Pirate boys

POMEROY — Dayton used its big men in a productive first half to put Pomeroy down 17 at the break, then closed out the Pirates in the second half for a 49-36 Southeast B boys cross-divisional victory here Saturday.Dayton post Joey Schlachter posted a 15-po

Rogers leads Helix girls over Echo

ECHO — Helix rode the hot hand of Kylee Rogers for the third straight game as the visiting Grizzlies made it nine wins in a row over Big Sky League opponents with a 56-38 victory over Echo here Saturday.The Grizzly guard scored 28 points — half the team t

DeSales girls basketball victorious over Tekoa-Oakesdale Saturday night, 44-27

TEKOA, Wash. — Erin Giusti led the Desales girls basketball team with 12 points and nine boards in a Southeast B District victory, 44-27, over Tekoa-Oakesdale here Saturday night.

W-M defeats Pilot Rock 66-56 in boys basketball action Saturday night

ATHENA — Owen Hegdal scored 16 points, and had seven boards to pace Weston-McEwen to a 2A Blue Mountain Conference victory 66-56 over Pilot Rock.'Owen did a good job of taking the ball inside and getting fouled,” W-M coach Brian Pickard said. 'He was six-

Saturday, February 6

Ethical problems compounded by questionable research methods

On Wednesday the British medical journal Lancet issued a formal retraction of a widely discredited 1998 study by Andrew Wakefield that claimed to show the MMR vaccine caused autism. The retraction came after the recent revelation that Wakefield was accept

Psychology sheds light on long shelf life for autism fears

Sitting in the clinic's little room where my baby was just about to have her first series of shots, it was hard not to wonder if that jab would cause her to be autistic later in life. In that brief moment, it was as if everything I had learned in my train

Walla Walla County hires public records officer

WALLA WALLA — People seeking public records from Walla Walla County will have a new source starting this week.The county hired Mark Spinks as its new public records officer, said Gregg Loney, commission chairman. Spinks will serve as the primary point of

Emergency services

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim


WALLA WALLA COUNTYWhen: Monday and Tuesday. Monday meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. Afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday workshop will begin at 9 a.m.Where: Walla Walla County Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.

Columbia School Board to hold workshop

BURBANK — The Columbia School Board will meet Monday to conduct a board workshop as part of its regular board meeting.The board meets at 7 p.m. in the district's administration board room, 755 Maple St.The workshop will focus on the 2010-11 budget and dis

Whitman students show they have a heart

The valentine fundraiser will aid women and children displaced by domestic violence.

WALLA WALLA — Valentine's Day can be a difficult holiday for those who are struggling, particularly for the women and children at the YWCA who have been displaced by domestic violence.Whitman students gathered Wednesday night to make valentines in an effo

‘Trainer of Champions' puts on martial arts seminar

WALLA WALLA — Robert Follis, known as the 'Trainer of Champions” and coach at the Team Quest gym in Gresham, Ore., led a master MMA seminar at Calhoon's Martial Arts Studio on Saturday morning.Fifteen par

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to visit Walla Walla Monday

WALLA WALLA — U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers will be in Walla Walla on Monday.McMorris Rodgers will begin her visit at 10:30 a.m. with a meeting with members of The Moms Network at the Walla Walla Public Library, 238 E. Alder St.

Megan Clubb fills board seat on Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

The Baker Boyer Bank president and CEO is one of seven members of the Portland subregional board.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla bank executive Megan Clubb has been given a seat on the Portland branch board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.The president and chief executive officer for Walla Walla-based Baker Boyer Bank began her t

Julia Child contest cooks up fun, funds

The Julia Child Cookoff was co-sponsored by the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation and Lifestyles magazine.

WALLA WALLA — Seventeen batches of beef burgundy, most of them still in the colorfully enameled cast iron Le Creuset-style pots they were cooked in, were crowded along one counter, in an even more crowded room of people at Someone's in the Kitchen on Frid

Vineyard Free Methodist Church welcomes all who are hungry

The head chef creates her meals from donated food. She hopes word will get out and more donations will come in.

WALLA WALLA — Three blocks or so away from the core of the city's lunch spots Dobie Wilbur anticipates his noontime meal.It's a Wednesday and that means a generous helping of chicken dumpling soup steams in front of him, next to his large, leather-bound B

Grizzlies' 1-2 punch subdues Golden Eagle girls

Post Chyanne Hack scores 24 points and guard Kylee Rogers follows with 22 in an important 70-48 Big Sky victory over Nixyaawii.

HELIX — The outside-inside duo of post Chyanne Hack and guard Kylee Rogers Hack proved to be too much for the Nixyaawii Golden Eagles to handle as the Grizzlies rolled to a 70-48 victory in a girls Big Sky Conference Eastern Division basketball game here

Nixyaawii defeats Helix 53-38 in boys Big Sky basketball play Friday

With Ashton Picard and Joe Crawford leading the way, the Golden Eagles cruise past the Grizzlies 53-38 in Helix.

HELIX — Nixyaawii center Ashton Picard led the charge with 12 points, seven boards and three blocked shots here Friday night as Nixyaawii defeated Helix 53-38 in a boys Big Sky Conference Eastern Division baskebtall game.

Blue Devil girls complete sweep of Bombers, 54-45

Jamie Weisner scores 13 of her game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter to solidify the victory.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's patient offense and Jamie Weisner's 20-point game enabled the Wa-Hi girls to defeat Richland for the second time this season Friday night with a 54-45 Big Nine Conference Cascade Division triumph in the Blue Devils' gym.

Bomber boys figure turnabout is fair play against Wa-Hi

Friday's last-gasp 67-65 win at Wa-Hi avenges the Blue Devils' 51-49 victory three weeks earlier on Richland's home floor.

RICHLAND — Dylan Radliff swished a 3-pointer from the right side of the key with 4.1 seconds left on the clock for a 67-65 Richland lead over Wa-Hi.The shot capped a furious Bomber comeback from a seven-point deficit, 61-54, with 2:59 left in the fourth q

Wildlife rehab expert lands in Milton-Freewater to talk about her work


Lynn and Bob Tompkins alit in the midst of Milton-Freewater Rotary Club members, who hosted the pair as guests at their Jan. 26 meeting.As executive director of Blue Mountain Wildlife, a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation facility in Pendleton, Lynn talke

Missionary men fall short in 103-90 shootout at George Fox

Despite shooting 50 percent and placing five in double figures, the Whits can't keep up with the Bruins.

NEWBERG, Ore. — Whitman College shot 50 percent from the field and placed five players in double figures here Friday night and still couldn't overcome George Fox as the Bruins posted a 103-90 men's Northwest Conference basketball victory.

George Fox women slip past upset-minded Missionaries, 50-46

The Missionary women lead 35-27 early in the second half but come out on the short end 50-46.

NEWBERG, Ore. — Whitman College couldn't protect an eight-point lead early in the second half as first-place George Fox rallied for a 50-46 women's Northwest Conference basketball victory here Friday night.

Panthers use big second half to pull away from Pirate girls, 71-50

POMEROY — Despite 21 points from Karlie Martin and 17 more from HayLee Koller, Pomeroy's girls dropped a 71-50 decision to Southeast B District North Division-leading Asotin here Friday night.

Balanced Baker girls take down Pioneers

BAKER CITY, Ore. — Sierra Burchell scored a game-high 32 points to lead Mac-Hi's offense here Friday night, but it wasn't enough to offset Baker's balanced attack as the Bulldogs posted a 61-44 girls Greater Oregon League basketball victory.

Bulldogs take bite out of Pioneers, 76-46

BAKER, Ore. — Erik Blankenship led four Baker players in double figures with 18 points as the Bulldogs coasted to a 76-46 victory over Mac-Hi in a Greater Oregon League boys basketball game here Friday night.

Big second-half rally powers Touchet boys past Tri-Cities Prep

TOUCHET — A second-half rally lifted Touchet to a 57-48 victory over Tri-Cities Prep here Friday night in a Southeast B District Southern Division boys basketball game.

Coyote boys' late rally subdues Royal, 45-38

BURBANK — Trevor Lott's 17 points and 13 rebounds keyed Burbank's boys as they rallied for a 33-31 deficit after three quarters to defeat visiting Royal City 45-38 here Friday night in a South Central Conference Eastern Division basketball game.

Church bulletin

Milton-Stateline Adventist School's breakfast is today

Coyote girls roll to ninth straight SCC East victory

BURBANK — Tiffany Idler scored 11 points and Nicole Roberts added 10 points and 10 rebounds as Burbank remained undefeated in the South Central Conference Eastern Division girls basketball standings with a 50-21 victory over Royal here Friday night.

TigerScot boys put Irrigon on ice

IRRIGON — Weston-McEwen's Owen Hegdal registered a triple-double here Friday as the TigerScots stomped Irrigon 77-36 in Blue Mountain Conference boys basketball action.

Weston-McEwen girls lose see-saw battle to Irrigon

IRRIGON, Ore. — Weston-McEwen could not overcome anemic offensive performances in the second and fourth quarters and fell to Irrigon 41-26 here Friday night in a Blue Mountain Conference girls basketball game.

Indian girls pummel Tri-Cities Prep

TOUCHET — Touchet used full-court pressure to push past Tri-Cities 76-31 here Friday night in a girls Southeast B District Southern Division basketball game.

Give God a heart for Valentine's Day — yours


What is Love? Or, what are you going to say to God? Or, what are you getting God for Valentine's Day? Or ...When I was a child, one of my older sisters had cartoons on the wall of her room entitled, 'Love is ...” They featured a simply-drawn cartoon coupl

What's your bag? Volunteering or part-time employment?

There are many options if retirement isn't what you expected.

If retirement isn't all you'd thought it would be, maybe working part-time or volunteering would fill the gap. For some, retirement isn't the experience envisioned, there's potentially no routine and fewer social contacts.If that's the case, it's up to yo

Senior menus

Activities offered daily at The Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave., include pool and cards from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.A complete listing of current center activities, classes and health and welfare programs may be found in the center's monthly newsletter. The



Jack and Kay Cosgrove of Walla Walla announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Cosgrove of College Place, to Josh Williams of Walla Walla.

Still going old school

Central School, not to be confused with the more modern Central Middle School, will see its 100th anniversary on Saturday.'There are lots of hundred-year-old school buildings, but this is one of our four or five (in the state) that is still being used,” M

Students' effort to help Haiti quake victims is learning opportunity

Students at Wa-Hi are seeing that they can make a difference by taking action on ideas.

Getting a well-rounded education isn't just about learning to read, write and do math. It's about learning to take all of those and other skills and focusing them in a positive and productive manner.And that's exactly what is occurring at Walla Walla High

Our readers' opinions

Consider theft of ‘speech'

Friday, February 5

2010 Best of The Best

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin readers have made it clear …they've selected Valley businesses from A to Z as the 'Best of the Best.” Here are the favorites in 124 categories in the 2010 balloting.

Walla Walla man pleads guilty to robbing AmericanWest bank

WALLA WALLA — A local man pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to robbing the Eastgate branch of AmericanWest bank in early December.Gabriel Cantu Leija, 34, of 613 Fern Ave., entered the guilty plea to first-degree robbery, as initially charged.He faces a st

Judge: State of Washington fails in school funding

A lawsuit in King County results in a ruling that the state has not met its constitutional obligation to pay for basic public education.

KENT — The state of Washington isn't fully paying for basic public education, a violation of its constitutional duty, a King County judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit brought by a coalition of school districts, parents and teachers.The decision from Superi

Man attacked after interrupting a vehicle prowl

WALLA WALLA — A Walla Walla man was injured earlier this week when he was attacked after interrupting a vehicle prowl, authorities said.The assault occurred shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday behind JoAnn Fabric and Craft, 481 N. Wilbur Ave., according to the

Rosamond Anderson

Feb. 20, 1915 - Feb. 4, 2010

College Place — Rosamond Helene Anderson 94, died Feb. 4, 2010, at Regency at The Park. Arrangements are pending through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St.


Mirrored by his shadow, Tom Maccarone climbs up and down a ladder painting trim outside Olive during a brief period of sunny weather on Main Street Tuesday afternoon. Papered windows still conceal the view within Olive, formerly Merchant's, as owner Tom Maccarone prepares to open his newest venture Friday morning at 6:00 a.m.

Bus needed to get to work

My co-workers and I depend on the bus every day to go to work. None of us drive.

Valley Transit allows independence

It has been 21 years since I have been behind the steering wheel of a vehicle. Diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration have consumed the vision that I so much cherished in my earlier years. Since that time I have been fortunate enough to rely on the

Vote yes for CP schools

I would like to encourage all College Place residents to vote yes on the levy. This is a school programs and operations levy. It is a replacement levy and should not be confused with a bond.

Calling for fiscal restraint in wake of record spending isn't strange in D.C.

Members of Congress want a balanced budget unless, of course, they have pet projects they want funded.

The $3.8 trillion budget for 2011 that President Obama released this week is the largest budget in the nation's history. The proposed budget calls for spending about $1.3 trillion more than the government receives in taxes and other revenues.

Major makeover in progress for downtown icon

Olive Marketplace & Cafe looks like it could come straight from an episode of "Extreme Home Makeover" in the few short days before its opening.

Etcetera - 02/05/10

Dan Wood, a grass-roots campaigner for care and support of persons affected by HIV/AIDS and a co-founder of Blue Mountain Heart to Heart, was honored by its Board of Directors at a luncheon in late January.

Free tai chi class on tap Saturday

Ever wondered what a tai chi class would be like?See for yourself Saturday during a free class at the Many Waters Wellness Center, 820 Sprague Ave. at Jefferson Park.Sandi Wicher of Harmony & Health said the beginning-level Tai Chi for Arthritis class at

Emergency Services - 02/05/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Adventist Health mobile clinic to offer health screenings

Adventist Health will have its 'Health Van' out and about next week for heart-oriented screenings.

WALLA WALLA -- It's love on wheels from Walla Walla General Hospital -- love for your heart.The hospital is offering free health screenings through its "Health Van" to help identify risk factors relating to heart disease, explained spokeswoman Kristi Spur

No charges yet in Walla Walla jail break

Warren D. Summers will eventually be charged with escape and malicious mischief, the county prosecutor said.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who allegedly broke out of the County Jail this week will face a formal escape charge after he's sentenced to prison for crimes last summer.Warren D. Summers, 55, eventually will be charged in Superior Court with escape and malicious

Walla Walla Trends report highlights local ethnic, job mixes

Higher proportions of Latinos and government jobs set the county apart.

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla County has relatively fewer minority populations but more government jobs and more insured adults than other Washington communities, according to recently compiled data from Walla Walla Trends.Though the Hispanic population is a

On a cold day, oxygen handy for more than breathing

This winter opened with bitter cold for much of the nation -- including parts of the country not used to snow and ice. Here in the northern tier states we are, at least, equipped to respond to winter storms, but they always pose a challenge.At a very huma

Walla Walla Sweets welcome catcher, infielders

WALLA WALLA — 'Go West, Young Man” was a popular quote as Americans moved across the country to settle the Wild West during the 19th century. Three talented baseball players are taking the counsel to heart as they venture West to join the Walla Walla Swee

Winston, Weisner nominated to play at McDonald's All-American games

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi seniors Gary Winston and Michael Weisner have been nominated to play in the 2010 McDonald's All-American high school basketball games that benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities,This recent nomination recognizes Winston and Weisner as

Thursday, February 4

Gilbert Pehl

July 24, 1947 - Jan. 31, 2010

Homer Koon

March 22, 1918 - Jan. 31, 2010

Elsie Jones

Sept. 9, 1914 - Feb. 2, 2010

Forestland fire assessments subject of Monday meeting

PENDLETON -- Umatilla County forestland owners can learn how a new project may affect their fire patrol assessments at a hearing here Monday.Department of Forestry officials will discuss and take testimony on the Umatilla County Forestland Classification

Sustainable Ag Seminar set for next week in Hermiston

HERMISTON -- A Sustainable Ag Seminar will be held here Thursday, Feb. 11, by the Umatilla County Soil and Water Conservation District.The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hermiston Conference Center, 395 Main St., in Hermiston.Topics will inclu

Black history events planned at WWU

COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University will mark Black History Month with a music, praise and spoken word events this weekend geared for the entire community.The celebration begins Friday at 8 p.m. with a performance of the school's Vespers at the Univer

The Blue Mountain Troublemakers keep their passion for bluegrass alive

WAITSBURG -- The Blue Mountain Troublemakers are growing up.

Watercolor students show off their work

For more than 26 years, Joyce Anderson has been drawing in new lovers of watercolor painting here in Walla Walla.

Bargains: Could be so-so ... or not so much

A few weeks ago, two unrelated packages of wine arrived for sampling. Because they were priced comparably -- $8 suggested retail -- and included similar varietals, all from the broad California appellation, I thought it would be interesting to taste throu

'Darkness' brightens Gibson's career

Mel Gibson isn't as likeable as he once was. Drunken antics tend to take the shine off your star -- even in Southern California (aka Lala Land).

Willow features art of German and Johnston

What do a 13th century Persian poet and free jazz have in common? They both serve as inspiration for Waitsburg-based artists and spouses Jim German and Claire Johnston. German and Johnston's show, titled "Saving Daylight + Beauty is a Rare Thing," will op

Mother & Son Bowl-A-Rama at Stardust Lanes

Walla Walla Parks and Recreation's Mother & Son Bowl-A-Rama will be 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at Stardust Lanes, 330 S. Second Ave.

Father-Daughter Sweetheart Ball in Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The annual Father-Daughter Sweetheart Ball will be 7-9:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Milton Freewater Community Building, 150 N.E. Fifth Ave.

'Exit the Body' opens at Little Theatre on Feb. 12

Little Theatre of Walla Walla's production of "Exit The Body," a play by Fred Carmichael, opens with an 8 p.m. curtain Feb. 12. Other performances follow on Feb. 13, 19-20 and 26-27 at 8 p.m., and there will be a 2 p.m. matinee Feb. 21. The theater is at

Judkins to perform senior violin recital

The Whitman College Department of Music presents Sarah Judkins in her senior violin recital 7:30 p.m.

Salgado to play CrossRoads

The Walla Walla Blues Society will present Curtis Salgado at CrossRoads Steakhouse, 201 E. Rees Ave., from 9 p.m.-midnight Feb. 26.

Eatery puts new spin on 'happy hour'

The Whitehouse-Crawford is ringing in a new "Cocktail Hour" at 5 p.m.

In the minutes - DAYTON SCHOOL BOARD

Members of the Dayton School Board are Steve Martin, Marchand Hovrud, Tamara Fritze, Joe Huether and David Bailey. With all present Wednesday the board:

In the minutes - Waitsburg Council

Council members are Leroy Cunningham, Jeff Broom, Kathleen Powers, William Potolicchio and Bart Baxter. Mayor is Markeeta Little Wolf. With all present Wednesday the council:

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Audrey A. Brewer, 17, 32 Talon Loop, was sentenced Jan. 29 on count each minor in possession and or consuming liquor and third-degree theft.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Kelly Ann Ivy, 41, Renton, Wash., was sentenced Feb. 1 on one count violation of Uniform Controlled Substances Act-possession with intent to deliver marijuana within a state correctional facility. The court dismissed two other counts.

Efforts to curb initiative process are troubling

The Legislature should abandon efforts to silence Tim Eyman and others who push anti-government initiatives.

The initiative process was adopted in Washington state as a safety valve for democracy.

Change our Constitution?

Why are there always some blowhards in politics trying to change out constitutional rights? Whether it be the First, Second, Fifth amendment it doesn't matter. These were set in place by our forefathers a long time ago and that includes the right to keep

User fee should support Valley Transit

Regarding the Valley Transit increased sales tax.

Community needs transit system

It is with the greatest concern and deepest sentiment that I write the following.

You never know what life brings you

I have lived in the Walla Walla Valley for 40-plus years, During my childhood I had never heard of "public transportation," much less had a need for it. However by the time I became a wife, and then a mother, things changed.

No justification for VT tax

I'm all for taking kids to and from school, assisting those in need of a ride. I can't see the justification for this tax.

Emergency Services - 02/04/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Jazlene Amor Garcia

To Molly Mayer and Steven Garcia, Walla Walla, a daughter, Jazlene Amor Garcia, 6 pounds 6 ounces, Feb. 1, 2010.

Emiliano Saucedo Duarte

To Estela and Javier Saucedo, Milton-Freewater, a son, Emiliano Saucedo Duarte, 10 pounds, Feb. 1, 2010.

Etcetera - 02/04/10

Corgi alert. There's a new group forming online for local Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh corgis and their owners at Facebook, according to corgi fan Mark Spinks.

San Francisco Chronicle writer explores America's Arab, Islamic roots

'They have always belonged in this country. These people are a part of America,' says Jonathan Curiel.

WALLA WALLA -- Jonathan Curiel, staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of "Al' America: Travels Through America's Arab and Islamic Roots," spoke at Whitman College on Wednesday night, as the school's fourth visiting O'Donnell lecturer of

Whitman students start Haiti initiative

The current crisis is seen as a springboard for a more sustained effort down the road.

WALLA WALLA - In the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, six Whitman students founded the Haiti Relief Initiative to encourage student groups and clubs to use their resources to raise awareness of the crisis. The earthquake claimed thousands of

Walla Walla High School students rally for Haiti relief

Students in leadership and social studies classes have spearheaded a broad and growing effort to help out.

WALLA WALLA -- They may be thousands of miles away, but students at Walla Walla High School have mobilized a campus-wide effort to support victims of Haiti's deadly earthquake.There has been so much momentum at the campus recently that hundreds of student

Local schools to take new state test online

The new Measurements of Student Progress exam will kick off in May.

WALLA WALLA - Several local schools will be among the first in the state to take the new academic standards exam online.The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced Wednesday that students from 364 schools, representing 181 districts, will

Warrior women break Hawks' home streak with 63-57 victory

Kati Isham and Nancy Johnson combine for 42 points in WWCC's first victory in Pasco in seven years.

PASCO — Kati Isham and Nancy Johnson combined to score 42 points and grab 14 rebounds in Walla Walla's 63-57 NWAACC East Regional girls' basketball victory over Columbia Basin here on Wednesday.

Wa-Hi goalie Andrew Glaeser is a Rising Star

Wa-Hi goalkeeper Andrew Glaeser excels in the classroom as well as on the soccer field, combining a near-perfect GPA while playing with the Blue Devils, a Seattle select team and the Washington Olympi

WALLA WALLA — Andrew Glaeser, a soccer goalkeeper and owner of a near-perfect grade point average at Wa-Hi, is a rising star in his sport.The athletic 6-foot junior plays year-round with three different teams — 16 games for the Blue Devils, 10 for Crossfi

Moore ‘saves day' for WWCC men

Dustin Moore scores seven points in the final four minutes, including the coast-to-coast winner.

PASCO — Dustin Moore drove coast-to-coast for a layin and a 57-55 Walla Walla lead that survived a last-second Columbia Basin College field-goal attempt.

Wa-Hi's Sumerlin signs at Air Force Academy

The Wa-Hi lineman heads to basic training in June before Falcons practice begins.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi senior Zach Sumerlin participated in a college football signing day at Wa-Hi on Tuesday, making a commitment to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Russell Hardin

July 16, 1929 - Feb. 3, 2010

Walla Walla — Russell E. Hardin 80, died at his home.Arrangements are pending through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla.

Ruby Wiltz

April 21, 1910 - Feb. 2, 2010

Walla Walla — Ruby Wiltz 99, died at Odd Fellows Home.Arrangements are pending through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla.

Wednesday, February 3

Money seized during drug search doing honest work for Walla Walla

Interest has piled up, to the tune of $24,000, on a handsome stash of suspect cash seized in 2006.

WALLA WALLA -- A stash of suspect cash has been doing some honest work for the city of Walla Walla lately.The money, $401,333.44 seized during a drug search, has earned $24,100 in interest over the past two years, said Jean Teasdale, city finance manager.

In the minutes - Garfield County

Garfield County commissioners are Dean Burton, Wynne McCabe and Robert Johnson. With all present Monday commissioners:

In the minutes - Walla Walla School Board

Board members are Cindy Meyer, president; Jim Lehmann, vice-president; Anne Golden, Max Carrera and Dan Hess. With Carrera and Golden absent Tuesday, the board:


A pair of squirrels perform a dj-vu breakfast act, perched on top of an within a tree house built for two attached to a Silver Maple.

Etcetera - 02/03/10

Blue Mountain Television announced on Jan. 25 that long-time donor and recording engineer Roger Thiesen died.

Erik Lynde named honorary Caledonian Chieftain

ATHENA -- Erik Lynde was named 2010 Honorary Caledonian Chieftain at the recent Athena Chamber of Commerce awards banquet.

Local specialist in nation's listing of top cancer doctors

WALLA WALLA -- Dr. Michael Brown of Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center has been has been recognized in the 2009 "Guide to America's Top Oncologists," according to a press release from the hospital.

FEMA grant to cover gear for Walla Walla Fire Department

WALLA WALLA -- The city's Fire Department will receive $145,520 through a Federal Emergency Management Agency program.

Foundation offers scholarships for local students

Blue Mountain Community Foundation scholarship applications are available for students seeking financial aid for the 2010-2011 school year.

Emergency Services - 02/03/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Money is tight and bus is needed

I'd like to reply to the person who wrote in the U-B Jan. 20 saying the bus service doesn't serve enough persons to be worthy of our support.

Public transportation is important

I am writing to express my strong support for Walla Walla's Valley Transit bus system.

State needs to use federal stimulus cash cautiously

Stimulus money has to be used to plug holes in an emergency, not to grow government.

Has President Obama's economic stimulus plan really created or saved 600,000 jobs, 45,000 of them in Washington state?

Milton-Freewater schools jump into social media

The district now has a presence on Facebook and Twitter.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The School District has joined the social networking world, and recently launched pages on Facebook and Twitter.The launch of the sites is viewed as another way to communicate with staff, parents and the community.Anyone can become a "

Walla Walla Athletic Performance Academies set to begin Feb. 15

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla's Athletic Performance Academies is now taking registrations for its Speed Camp and Strength Camp sessions which will begin on February 15.

Plans for Blue Mountain Station to be discussed

The food processing park is planned for Port of Columbia land at the west end of Dayton.

DAYTON -- A presentation on site plans for Blue Mountain Station will begin Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Seneca Activity Center.Blue Mountain Station is the natural and organic eco-food processing park to be located on newly acquired Port of Columbia prop

Walla Walla County Jail inmate's escape short-lived

Warren D. Summers made his escape Tuesday evening but was recaptured by city police a short time later.

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla man is back in jail this morning after a brief escape from the Walla Walla County Jail on Tuesday evening.The inmate, Warren D. Summers, 55, of Walla Walla, had been in a Narcotics Anonymous meeting at the jail about 7:30 p.m.

Harris leads Waitsburg-Prescott girls past Weston-McEwen

Krystal Harris scores 13 points as Waitsburg-Prescott downs the TigerScots, 39-32.

ATHENA — Krystal Harris scored 13 points to lead Waitsburg-Prescott past the Weston-McEwen TigerScots, 39-32, in a non-league matchup here Tuesday.The stories of the game were the 25 offensive rebounds and 39 total rebounds that the TigerScots gave up.

Weston-McEwen bombarded by Waitsburg-Prescott in boys basketball action

W-M's boys lead W-P, 38-35, at halftime, but manage just 10 second-half points to lose the non-leaguer, 73-48.

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen's boys basketball team had leads of 21-18 after the first period and 38-35 at halftime over Waitsburg-Prescott, but managed just 10 points in the second half to lose, 73-48, in a non-conference match-up.

A stop at Little Goose Dam turns up anglers Retrieving Lead

A light and steady drizzle followed us all the way to Texas Rapids on the Snake River.Or, we dragged it along with us.Anyway, after a nature call at the one-holer, I wrapped Nora the Schnauzer into her powder-blue raincoat and put on a green one of my own

Free throws lift Knight girls past Dayton

The teams combine for 61 shots from the line, with WWVA hitting 63 percent of its charity tosses.

COLLEGE PLACE — A sloppy girls basketball game between Walla Walla Valley Academy and Dayton came down to foul shooting here Tuesday night. The hotter hand belonged the Knights as their 63 percent foul shooting proved the difference in their 50-42 Southea

Bulldog boys edge Knights

The WWVA offense falters in the final 12 minutes as Dayton pulls off the 40-35 overtime victory Tuesday.

COLLEGE PLACE — Dayton's defense held the high-flying Walla Walla Valley Academy offense to an amazingly low three points over the last 12 minutes of play here Tuesday in a Southeast B Southern Division basketball battle. The Bulldog's won their third ove

Grizzlies girls continue hot streak

ARLINGTON, Ore. — Chyanne Hack scored 15 points and Meghan Schroeder registered a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds as Helix bowled over Central Christian 49-20 here Tuesday night for the Grizzlies' seventh straight Big Sky Conference girls bas

Duncan leads Irish girls' rally past Liberty Christian, 53-50

RICHLAND — A barrage of fourth-quarter 3-pointers helped DeSales overcome a 12-point deficit and knock off Liberty Christian 53-50 in a Southeast B South girls basketball game here Tuesday.The win gives DeSales a 6-2 record in the South and 13-4 record ov

Turnovers, injuries, illness cost Irish boys in Richland

RICHLAND — Too many turnovers and too many injured or ill players hurt DeSales in a 56-24 Southeast B South boys basketball loss to Liberty Christian here on Tuesday.The loss leaves the Irish with a 1-7 record in the South and a 3-14 record on the season.

Pioneers pin mat loss on Tigers, 54-15

The Pioneers post 10 victories in the GOL victory.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi rolled up 10 victories on the way to a 54-15 Greater Oregon League wresting victory over La Grande here on Tuesday.

Walla Walla Figure Skating Club to explain jumps, spins

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Figure Skating Club is presenting a guide to skating jumps, spins and more in preparation of the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Walla Walla Ice Chalet.

Walla Walla Native Plant Society to have Second Wednesday event Feb. 10

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Native Plant Society is having its Second Wednesday event a 7 p.m. Feb. 10 in Whitman College Hall of Science Room 142.

J.E. Bowman

Feb. 12, 1925 - Feb. 1, 2010

COLLEGE PLACE — J.E. 'Gene” Bowman, 84, died Feb. 1, 2010, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla.Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St, is in charge of arrangements.

Gilbert Pehl

MILTON-FREEWATER — Gilbert J. Pehl, 63, 1205 College St, died at Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Richland. Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St, is in charge of arrangements.

Homer Koon

MILTON-FREEWATER — Homer G. Koon, 91, 316 S. Elizabeth, died Jan. 31, 2010, at Walla Walla General Hospital.Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St, is in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, February 2


Chris Brown helps his daughter Frances, 2, keep a leg up on spring as the two walk past greening grass along Boyer Avenue Tuesday morning en-route to see the ducks in the area.

Louetta J. Shaw

November 11, 1929 ~ January 29, 2010

Acknowledge the pain of broken trust

Dear Mom: My 15-year-old daughter ran away for three weeks and moved back home a few weeks ago. Before she ran off, things had been going downhill with her for a few years.

Henry Graybill II

Nov. 12, 1944 - Jan. 31, 2010

Curtis Philip Hoffman

Oct. 4, 1919 - Jan. 29, 2010

Many depend on Valley Transit

I am writing this letter concerning Valley Transit and Dial-A-Ride.

Small tax hike will keep buses running

I am very much in favor of the sales tax to keep out Valley Transit buses running.

Approve VT tax to keep people mobile

I and many other people in Walla Walla and College Place area depend on Valley Transit as our only way to get to doctor, shopping and to be able to be mobile.

Transit tax hike not needed

We just got notice that our city bill, i.e. water, sewer, garbage etc. is going up again. If it isn't the city, then it is the Post Office or the gas company.

Rising Son Clubhouse appreciates VT

On on behalf of all the Rising Son Clubhouse members who contributed to this letter, I am writing to express appreciation to Valley Transit for its continued and dependable transportation support.

Oregon voters must accept good and bad of tax hike

Apparently voters see the two tax hikes as the least objectionable of the alternatives.

Last week Oregonians voted for higher taxes.And while we don't believe that's a particularly wise move in the midst of an economic downturn, it is nevertheless the least objectionable alternatives in the minds of voters.

Etcetera - 02/02/10

The Walla Walla chapter of American Association of University Women will hold its 35th annual AAUW Book Sale in the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center ballrooms. Books will be sold from noon-9 p.m. Feb. 19, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 20 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m

Failed levy leads to Park and Recreation discussion

PRESCOTT -- The Prescott Joint Park and Recreation Board of directors will hold a special meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. at 101 S. D Street, Suite A. Purpose of the meeting is to review the budget, which was revised after a $160,000 replacement maintenance an

Retirees group to hear from crime prevention worker on investing

Local chapter 0237 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet 1 p.m. on Thursday in the clubhouse of Golden West Estates, 1425 Jasper St.

In the minutes - Pomeroy School Board

Pomeroy School District Board members are Paul Ruark, Lori Slaybaugh, Steve Carlson, Bart Gingerich, and Ed Sullivan. With all present Jan. 25 the board:

In the minutes - Walla Walla COUNTY

Walla Walla County Commissioners are Greg Tompkins, Perry Dozier and Gregg Loney. Tompkins was absent. Commissioners voted as follows at their Monday meeting:

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Teresa Zamora-Banda, 46, 1026-B Alvarado Terrace, was charged Jan. 29 with two counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Zamora-Banda is accused of unlawfully delivering cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school bus route stop on Nov. 20 a

Gavin Charles Mikesell

To Melissa and Greg Mikesell, Waitsburg, a son, Gavin Charles Mikesell, 6 pounds 3 ounces, Jan. 30, 2010.

Camilo Ibarra Garcia

To Maria Lorena Garcia-Diaz and Guillermo Ibarra-Lara, Walla Walla, a son, Camilo Ibarra Garcia, 6 pounds 1 ounce, Jan. 28, 2010.

Tahsis Laura Schlitt

To Sarah Rathbun and Duane Schlitt, Waitsburg, a daughter, Tahsis Laura Schlitt, 7 pounds, Jan. 27, 2010.

Alexander Lee Givens

To Sheena and Steven Givens, Walla Walla, a son, Alexander Lee Givens, 8 pounds 13 ounces, Jan. 27, 2010.

Wyatt Aloysius Joseph McGanty

To Rachel and Isaiah McGanty, Dayton, a son, Wyatt Aloysius Joseph McGanty, 5 pounds 10 ounces, Jan. 26, 2010.


When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Where: District Board Room, 609 S. Second St.

On the agenda - Waitsburg Council

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Where: Lions Club Community Building, Fairgrounds

Mastin joins investment company

Former state Rep. Dave Mastin has joined Buckley Investment Group.In his new role for the downtown Walla Walla wealth management firm, Mastin will focus on investment solutions for individuals, businesses and foundations, according to an announcement this

Lockdown continues at Washington State Penitentiary

A major fight last week led to the measures in four units at the prison.

WALLA WALLA -- Four units at the Washington State Penitentiary remained on lockdown today after a major fight between inmates last week.Rowlanda Cawthon, public information officer with the Department of Corrections in Olympia, said there had been no chan

VIDEO - Weisner and Winston highlights

Michael Weisner's highlights are from his 34-point performance agains Eisenhower on Friday, 1/29. The Blue Devils defeated Ike 75-62.Gary Winston's highlights and post-game interview are from his 29-point game against Richland on January 15, which Wa-Hi w

Man to be arraigned on rape, kidnap charges

Juan C. Villegas is accused of abducting an acquaintance and raping her outside the city in 2006.

WALLA WALLA — A man is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges stemming from a reported rape and kidnapping more than three years ago.Juan C. Villegas, 25, who lists an address in Fontana, Calif., is charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court with f

Attempted robbery suspect to be evaluated

Joseph W. Noblitt is accused of trying to rob Carniceria la Barata last month.

WALLA WALLA — A man accused of trying to rob a local grocery last month will undergo a mental evaluation by experts from Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake.Joseph W. Noblitt, 26, of 112 Quail Lane, is charged in Superior Court with second-degree attem

Pacific, Valley Little Leagues to hold Early Bird signups

WALLA WALLA — Early Bird signups for Pacific and Valley Little Leagues are set during the first two weeks of February.Registrations are from 5:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday; 1-4 p.m. on Saturday; 5:30-8 p.m., Feb. 10; and 1-4 p.m., Feb. 13. All signups will be h

Black Sox youth baseball team slates fundraiser Wednesday

WALLA WALLA — A fundraiser for the 2010 Walla Walla Black Sox summer youth baseball team will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Stone Hut Bar and Grill.

Jayhawks seventh-graders finish third at Moses Lake AAU hoops tourney

MOSES LAKE — The Walla Walla Jayhawks seventh-grade boys AAU basketball team took home third place with a 58-28 win over Hermiston at the seventh-annual Desert Hoop Classic here last weekend.

The Tommy Lloyd story

The one-time WWCC and Whitman College basketball standout made a safe landing at Gonzaga as an assistant coach on one of the nation's top programs.

WALLA WALLA — There's always the story, and then the story behind the story.In 1995, in the Chukar Classic community college men's basketball tournament at Treasure Valley in Ontario, Ore., the story was Tommy Lloyd's 52-point explosion that established a

Monday, February 1

Driver pleads innocent to hit-and-run

WALLA WALLA -- The driver who allegedly left the scene after striking a woman pedestrian at Fifth Avenue and Alder Street in October has pleaded innocent to a felony charge in Walla Walla County Superior Court.Aminda Paez-Diaz, 23, who now lives in Spokan

Heather McFadden's 28 leads WWU Wolves

The Wolves squander an 11-point lead before Heather McFadden's basket gives Walla Walla a 62-60 basketball victory at Northwest Indian College Saturday night.

BELLINGHAM - Walla Walla University held on here Saturday night to come away with a 62-60 win over Northwest Indian College in women's basketball action.<br /><br />"We were up by 11 with about five minutes left," Wolves' coach Bill Clancy said. 

Horizon Christian downs Helix boys

The Grizzlies fall to 0-19 as they sink just three field goals in a 45-10 loss at Horizon Christian.

HOOD RIVER -- The Helix Grizzly boys traveled to Hood River Saturday, but their shooting touch didn't follow them. Helix scored just 10 and lost the Big Sky League cross-divisional game at Horizon Christian here big, 45-10."We didn't play well at all toni

No. 1-ranked Banana Slugs slip past the Whitman men's tennis team

But the men's tennis match is closer than the final 8-1 score might indicate.

WALLA WALLA -- The final score says 8-1 in favor of the University of California-Santa Cruz, but the Whitman College men's tennis team gave the defending NCAA Division III champs a lot more trouble than the score indicates Saturday night in the Bratton Te

Wa-Hi grads Dean Derby, Drew Bledsoe receive Big Blue Boosters Professional Athletic Alumni Awards

Dean Derby, class of 1953, and Drew Bledsoe, a 1990 Wa-Hi grad, receive Professional Athletic Alumni Awards at Friday's game.

WALLA WALLA -- Wa-Hi Blue Devil fans and autograph seekers stood 20-feet deep in the main gym's lobby before the boys' basketball game with Eisenhower Friday night.

How the aged and frail are exploited in Washington's adult family homes

The location of the home was secret. Only potential buyers with a $500,000 line of credit could learn its Seattle address. The seller insisted on discretion because the price included three frail seniors who lived inside.A Bothell real-estate listing last


Mike Bourdon (left) and Mike Snyder push and pull on the rebar sticking out of a conrete gerter to guide it into position over the Mill Creek channel Monday morning.

Etcetera - 02/01/10

William R. Miller, Scottish Rite sovereign grand inspector general, said on the Scottish Rite Foundation of Washington Web site that "Most of us were helped by somebody along the way. Now our scholarships are a way for us to help somebody."

Emergency Services - 02/01/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Watershed partnership to meet Tuesday

WALLA WALLA -- Water banking will be on the agenda Tuesday for a meeting of the Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership.

Turn lights on in the fog

How visible are you on a foggy, cloudy, snowy or rainy day? It seems like the most somber colored vehicles are often the ones moving along through these road conditions without using headlights!

Valley Transit is lifeline for many

Imagine finding a job in this tough economy but not having a car or money for fuel to get to work. Or being a senior or wheelchair-bound, needing to do your grocery shopping or attend a doctor's appointment and not being able to afford taxi service

State's budget process built on politics

The governor and legislators are writing budgets they know aren't realistic.

Why are state lawmakers -- and state and local government officials -- churning over deep, painful budget cuts that very likely (as in nearly certain) won't occur?

On the agenda - WW SCHOOL BOARD

When: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.Where: District board room, 364 S. Park St.

Clouds, literal and otherwise, linger in Afghanistan

The clouds and subsequent rain set in over Jalalabad rather unexpectedly.While I welcomed it with open arms, the timing could not have been worse. The Afghans had planned an operation that would require the support of Coalition Forces rotary wing assets.

Drive through every neighborhood like your own

Recently, while attending a neighborhood meeting, I was reminded of an all too common lament that I've heard over the years about drivers speeding through other people's neighborhoods. I know we all agree that we want our neighborhoods to be safe for our

Waitsburg Lions get funds back

The parents of the club treasurer wrote a check for money their son allegedly stole.

WAITSBURG _ The Waitsburg Lions Club has its missing money back in the bank, club President Scott Branson said this morning."Our funds have been restored," he said.Club treasurer Don L. Johnson called Branson on Thursday and offered his apology to the clu

Year off to warm, dry start

January saw little in the way of precipitation, as well as little in the way of cold.

WALLA WALLA -- The New Year started warm and not-so-wet.While January didn't break any temperature records, highs were well above normal throughout January, according to the National Weather Service. Overall, the daytime highs were 7.5 degrees above avera